Nature must be valued in decision making

14th September 2012

To open the Friends of the Earth's Conference on "Seeing Things Differently", Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, argued that a priority for change must be the development of economic and accountancy frameworks which reflect full environmental costs and benefits.

He said that "currently, much of the world's land, forests, waters, air and ecosystems are being liquidated for short-term growth imperatives that will lead to massive costs later on. They appear on the balance sheet as zero and are often not accounted for in decision making."

Andrew was joined on the panel by authors Polly Higgins (Eradicating Ecocide) and James Marriott (Platform).