What Nature Does For Britain
Published 12th February 2015.
From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in 'natural capital'. Yet we take supplies of clean water and secure food for granted, rarely considering the free work nature does for Britain. In fact for years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As Tony Juniper's new analysis shows, however, the ways in which we meet our needs often doesn't make economic sense. Through vivid first hand accounts and inspirational examples of how the damage is being repaired, Juniper takes readers on a journey to a different Britain from the one many assume we inhabit, not a country where nature is worthless or an impediment to progress, but the real Britain, the one where we are supported by nature, wildlife and natural systems at almost every turn.
In What Nature Does for Britain, Tony Juniper reveals how nature sustains our health, wealth and security and illustrates how we do have the money to conserve and restore the natural systems we rely upon, if only it was spent in more rational and efficient ways. For example Juniper explains how we pay for our water three times. Once in tax-funded subsidies to farmers and landowners, a second time in our water bills (to remove chemicals coming from farms) and a third time in picking up the tab for repairing different kinds of environmental damage, including the effects of flooding – in part caused by eroded farmland soils clogging up river beds.