How money really does grow on trees
by Tony Juniper
Have you ever wondered how much nature is worth? Can we put a monetary value on the benefits of nature? This is a growing area of research, which Tony Juniper brings together and makes accessible in this narrative book. Each chapter discusses a different issue, with both warnings (such as in the tale of India’s vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations).
From Indian vultures to British bumblebees, nature provides ‘natural services’ twenty-four seven: recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; forests renewing fresh water and removing carbon dioxide; a genetic codebook that underpins our food and pharmaceutical industries; coral reefs and mangroves that act as insurance against floods; and much more.
It’s been estimated that nature is worth as much as $100 trillian annually to the world economy – nearly double the global GDP. Yet we take most of what nature does for us for granted, imagining its services to be free and limitless… until they suddenly switch off.
What Has Nature Ever Done For US? is a book full of immediate, impactful stories. It will change the whole way you think about life, nature and the economy.
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales