Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet


30 May 2015, 10.30 AM - 30 May 2015, 11.30 AM

Dieter Helm

Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Natural capital is what nature provides to us for free. Renewables – like species – keep on coming, provided we do not drive them towards extinction. Non-renewables – like oil and gas – can only be used once. Together, they are the foundation that ensures our survival and well-being, and the basis of all economic activity.

In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. Helm shows why the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress is false, and he explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value natural capital from an economic perspective and outlines a stable new framework for sustainable growth.


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This event is run in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and Bristol 2015.

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