UN: We undervalue nature, overvalue profits to our peril

Darcy Hitchcock

The UN recently released a damning report about global society. In a nutshell, it said we need to take into account the many benefits of nature, take into account all stakeholders (including indigenous perspectives) and reframe what we think of as the good life.

The problem: a focus on short term profits and economic growth

In the past, people who questioned the assumption of economic growth were ridiculed. It makes me think of the famous quote, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” (which is often mistakenly attributed to Gandhi.) Having representatives from 139 member states of the United Nations say this looks like a win.

[T]he 139 member States of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature finds that there is a…

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