15 Mar '17, 7pm

Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment - this must change - The Ecologist

Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment - this must change - The Ecologist

The status quo fails people, especially the poor, and threatens future prosperity by undervaluing nature. Those who benefit from the current approaches are typically global elites who profit from environmental destruction. Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty. A major UN environmental meeting recently looked at launching an assessment of the different values that people attribute to nature, and what nature contributes to human societies. However, these high level discussions will be futile unless our measures of societal progress expand to explicitly include what nature does for human well-being and prosperity, especially for poor people. Nature matters to people's well-being in many different ways . It obviously...

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