“Natural” Capital?

In his latest post, George Monbiot challenges the market-driven notion of putting a price on the features of the natural environment that the dynamic of the market has served to degrade by ignoring the costs to nature of the unbridled race for economic, demographic and fossil-fueled technological growth. As usual Monbiot eloquently expresses what I have long been concerned about.  Seeing nature and other species merely as “resources” in the service of wealth creation, underpinned by massive debt-creation, is one among several of humanity’s grave errors as humans seek to dominate and control the natural world. Maybe we would better see ourselves as the “unnatural” species that is rapidly replacing the natural with the artificial “Machine World”.

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