What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

How Money Really Does Grow on Trees

By Tony Juniper, Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

Synergetic Press, 314 pages

 

In this impactful new book, prominent British environmentalist/sustainability advocate Tony Juniper points out that everything we think nature does for us—providing water, pollinating plants, generating oxygen, restoring soils and much more—is free, but it isn’t. Nature’s economic value can be measured, and if we realized what that value truly is we would see that ecosystems pay dividends to human society, and we would stop treating our planet’s natural systems so destructively.

 

In recent years, environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives are also increasingly focusing on “natural capital,” “ecosystem services” and “biodiversity,” things nature does for us.

 

In a book that is as full of hope as it is despair, Juniper’s insights on environmental threats and solutions, backed by robust findings, form a pragmatic argument. Moving from cold statistics to captivating stories and enlightening tales to build his case, Juniper also shows how our urban society has lost sight of the connections between seemingly unconnected processes of the natural world and the security of our foods, our water, our health and our happiness.

 

As a result of its immediacy, this is a book that could open the eyes of policymakers and individuals who need to be awakened to these things. For some, it may change the way they think about life, the planet and the economy.

 

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us has won GOLD in the Independent Publisher’s Living Now Award for Best Green Living book.