What Nature Does For Britain (Paperback)

Tony Juniper

Ecology meets economics head on in Tony Juniper's valuation of the UK's natural capital

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.

Publication date: 12/02/2015

£9.99

ISBN: 9781781253281

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

What Nature Does For Britain (Ebook)

Tony Juniper

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Ecology meets economics head on in Tony Juniper's valuation of the UK's natural capital

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.

Publication date: 12/02/2015

£8.99

ISBN: 9781782830986

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

Reviews for What Nature Does For Britain

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Praise for Tony Juniper:

'He is by popular consent the most effective of Britain's eco-warriors

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 Independent

'One of the top ten environmental figures of the last thirty years'

 The ENDS Report

'[Tony Juniper] is among the 100 people who are making the decisions that affect your life'

 Country Life

'What Nature Does for Britain, a fine book from Tony Juniper, demonstrates the many ways in which good management of our national natural assets promotes all kinds of economic and social benefits. It's a must-read for any one who is concerned about the way we run our country.'

Simon Barnes Independent on Sunday

'Partly a vision of a sustainably managed British landscape, and partly a tour of British businesses that have made a success of going green ... Juniper wants us to practise common-sense domestic economy'

James McConnachie Sunday Times

'Juniper provides an excellent summary of the UK's evolving ecological crisis'

James Attlee Independent

'Part research round-up, part manifesto, this treatise on Britain's 'natural capital' is a model of pragmatism.'

Barbara Kiser Nature

'Juniper's book is excellent ... no one is better qualified to tell us what is happening to our world, or what is being done and could be done to put things right.'

Colin Tudge Literary Review

'A cogent, persuasively argued book, Juniper shows how nature sustains us, from the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply to the huge variety of insects that pollinate our plants.'

Eithne Farry Sunday Express

'Demonstrates the economic benefit of the mountains, moorland, hedgerows and wildlife that we love ... But this book isn't a diatribe. Despite climate change, Juniper doesn't take the we're-all-doomed view of the natural world.'

Clive Aslet Daily Telegraph

'Asks serious questions of our hopelessly myopic politicians, and suggests practical measures that would make the world a much better place.'

Stephen Moss Guardian

'Nature Books of the Year: If you only have time to read one book about our natural world, make it this one'

Andrew Sells, Chairman of Natural England Country Life

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit and as a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix's Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly.
His book, What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003-2008 and was the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.
Follow Tony Juniper on Twitter @TonyJuniper

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