This rare flash of common sense did nothing to discourage the current government from seeking first to put a price on nature, then to create a market in its disposal. The UK now has a Natural Capital Committee, an Ecosystem Markets Task Force and an inspiring new lexicon. We don’t call it nature any more: now the proper term is “natural capital”. Natural processes have become “ecosystem services”, as they exist only to serve us. Hills, forests and river catchments are now “green infrastructure”(4), while biodiversity and habitats are “asset classes” within an “ecosystem market”(5). All of them will be assigned a price, all of them will become exchangeable.
Great piece by George Monbiot, and so true. We need to find a new way back to The Commons.
Since the mid-eighteenth century, more of nature has been destroyed than in all prior history