Summary of What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

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What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? book summary
The economy or the environment? The solution must cover both: a smart look at why business must work with the Earth.


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This earnest book – a tightly packed environmental economics overview – brims with facts and figures, alternately harping and hopeful about dismal ecological conditions worldwide. Eco-warrior Tony Juniper travels the planet, tracking what’s gone wrong, what environmentally aware people are doing right and what society still must do to heal the natural world. getAbstract recommends his cogent, readable analysis and finds the tale of India’s vultures particularly memorable. With a storyteller’s bent, Juniper attempts a cost-benefit analysis of nature’s services, making the case for ecology as an economic good and a worthy financial investment. He concludes that ultimately, enlightened self-interest must prevail: Earth is humanity’s only home. Society and business can ill-afford to keep destroying it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How nature provides services that allow life to exist
  • How to view these services as natural capital with economic value
  • Why humankind must invest in this “planetary wealth.”


What Does Nature Do For You?
Nature does a lot more for you than you think, and yet nations striving to improve their people’s lifestyles, survival and aspirations don’t safeguard nature. Businesses and governments everywhere tend to overlook the planet’s no-cost services and their economic...
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About the Author

Environmentalist Tony Juniper is former director of the Friends of the Earth and adviser to Charles, HRH Prince of Wales.

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