What does it mean to value the Earth? This summer, a report by IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (comparable to the IPCC reports on the climate crisis), sought to answer this question. It was summarised with a single essential message: that a restrictive focus on a narrow set of market values and priorities “underpin[s] the biodiversity crisis”, and that Nature’s value beyond that for which we can attach a price – whether spiritual, cultural or otherwise – is ignored at our collective peril. Unfortunately, this is all too often the case.

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