For a long time, Nature has mostly been valued as raw materials.
Yet, we rely on Nature to:
All countries rely heavily on Nature for goods and services.
Yet, humankind is continuously
❗️ exploiting more natural resources than Nature has the ability to supply
❗️ destroying Nature all over the world and taking it for granted
‘We have collectively failed to engage with Nature sustainably, to the extent that our demands far exceed its capacity to supply us with the goods and services we all rely on’ states The Dasgupta review.
It’s time to make a change. Now.
Keep reading to find out:
The Dasgupta review is – you guessed it – a review about how humankind values, uses, and interacts with Nature. In addition to that, it highlights the flaws in the relationship between Nature and economy in today’s society, and what should be done about it.
In 2019, the UK government commissioned Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta to lead an independent, global review on the economics of biodiversity.
‘The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review’ came out at the start of 2021.
Even though all the information in the review isn’t breaking or even new, it is a crucial document bringing all this information together into one place.
In addition, it does give clear examples of how humankind is failing in protecting and saving the environment.
The Dasgupta review claims ‘Nature’s value must be at the heart of economics’ and Single.Earth agrees to that.
‘Our unsustainable engagement with Nature is endangering the prosperity of current and future generations.’ says the review.
Just some of the examples of what our current relationship with Nature has led to:
‘Reversing these trends requires action now’ is the clear message from the review.
By 2050 it is thought the human population will reach 10 billion, which means we need to make changes. And fast.
“The solution starts with understanding and accepting a simple truth: our economies are embedded within Nature, not external to it.” says the review.
The 3 key points are:
Worldwide climate conferences like COP15 and COP26 are a start, but this is not the time to hope governments, entities, and companies are doing enough. That is, we can’t hope for that anymore.
Halting climate change is now on everyone’s shoulders.
Now is the time for solutions with tangible impact.
The gap between the global ecological footprint and the biosphere’s regenerative rate is called Impact Inequality.
Easily put: How much natural resources humankind uses is higher than Nature’s ability to regenerate = that's the Impact Inequality.
And actually, there are 4 ways humanity can (and should!) already transform the Impact Inequality into the Impact Equality:
The fourth, possibly the most crucial point, carries us perfectly into the next chapter.
Nature is in some cases already valued just for being there, for example in natural reserves.
However, because of Single.Earth:
Single.Earth is a platform that tokenizes Nature for its ecological value: carbon sequestration, storage, and biodiversity.
Nature is monetized for just being there, keeping ecosystems alive. Doing what it does best.
The review also says it’s less costly to conserve Nature than it is to restore it – and that is exactly what Single.Earth is doing.
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All stats, if not stated otherwise, are from The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review.
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