Senator Gaylord Nelson, the former Wisconsin governor who co-founded Earth Day in the United States, once said: “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment” – not the other way round. The point he was making was that all economic activity springs from Nature. It’s a point that appears to have become lost, as Satish Kumar expresses so eloquently in his article in this section. Indeed, since the second world war, humankind has collectively normalised models of production and consumption that reduce Nature to the status of ‘resources’ – resources we are depleting with devastating ...


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