The Disaffected Lib: Wrap Your Mind Around This Idea

We live in a world that’s running out of stuff including the stuff that keeps you alive – clean air and fresh water for starters. There is not enough to meet our insatiable and persistently growing demand. The Global Footprint Network that studies these things has worked out that mankind now uses renewable resources (water, ...

The Disaffected Lib: We Need New Ways of Pricing Natural Capital

A case in point.  This summer’s B.C. spot prawn season got derailed – by Asia.  Delicious local prawns that usually would go for 8-9 dollars a pound were suddenly demanding prices of 38-39 dollars a pound, head on, in Vancouver. What happened?  Apparently Asia’s (China’s) shrimp/prawn stocks succumbed to some sort of environmental disorder.  Asian ...

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The Disaffected Lib: The Gordion Knot of Modern Industrialism – Pricing Natural Capital

  “Natural capital” comprises things from nature that belong to no one and to everyone – things like the atmosphere.   Other types of natural capital are considered national assets, like a country’s groundwater. Natural capital is what allows us to go for lovely walks through the forest or camping in national parks.  It is also ...

The Disaffected Lib: World Bank, Countries Must Value Their Natural Capital

Hey, Steve Harper, are you listening?   The World Bank is calling.   They want Canada, and every other country, to start putting values, okay price tags, on all their natural capital.   Forests, peatlands, coasts, water, wildlife – everything should be costed out.   That way you can do a bit of math and figure out the mega-billion ...