Natural Capital 

British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and environmentalist, Tony Juniper, spoke of the concept of ‘Natural Capital’ at the Harmony in Food and Farming conference, drawing parallels between financial capital and how the natural world works.

Looking at the ecosystem as an example, he explains that if you apply husbandry and care for the natural environment, you can get dividends in the future, much like making a financial investment.

Juniper commented that we are currently unable to see the long-term consequences of our actions on the world, and instead see it as something that can endlessly be abused and updated in order to meet short term needs. This way of thinking is so prevalent because we have become disconnected from nature. Natural capital is a way of reconnecting with the reality we inhabit – a reality that we are 100% dependent upon for healthy natural systems and for our wellbeing.

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