What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees by Tony Juniper

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, Nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more, it has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature’s services for granted, imagining them free and limitless …until they suddenly switch off.

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India’s vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper’s book will change whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

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.

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.

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Tony Juniper: What has nature ever done for us?

What has nature ever done for us? Tony Juniper at TEDxExeter

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(The Power of I-AM) Learn to use the most powerful words ever spoken!


This wonderful video breaks down the connection between God and man.
God is not in everything, everything is in God. We must serve one another, this is our purpose on the earth, that is our mission. How will you be of service? As human beings, we must support and uplift each other. When we give words of encouragement and support, we are actually supporting and encouraging ourselves. Be the good you want to see in the world.

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A New Story of the People

Science Has Been Misleading You About Some Fundamental Truths.
This isn’t a lecture about quantum mechanics. This isn’t an argument for the existence of God. This is about some truths you probably already knew somewhere deep down inside.

Carolyn Silveira

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How do we change the world? Change the story.

“The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.”

Human beings are a storytelling species. As much as we would like to believe that we are rational, scientific people who consider all the “facts” before acting, the truth is that our stories and the roles we play in them have a far greater impact on our behavior. Your family, past experience, and even your name are all part of the story of who you are (or at least who you tell yourself you are). We play many roles in different stories – husband, wife, co-worker, business partner, sibling, employee, boss, waiter, customer, father, mother, friend – and it is each of these roles that has a far greater impact on our behavior.

We also have another kind of story, a collective story that answers the question of who we are as a people. The current story of the people descends from the Newtonian, mechanistic worldview. It says that we are each separate beings – separate from each other and from Nature -interacting through market transactions to maximize economic and reproductive self-interest. In this story, dolphins suffocated by oil spills, starving children, and ostracized homeless people does not affect us. How can it if we are truly separate from one another?

This belief that we are separate from one another is being challenged both by quantum science and our own intuition. We know in our hearts that the world is supposed to be much more beautiful than what has been offered to us as normal. As the old story of separation falls apart, a new story based on the interconnected web of life is being born.

This inviting video provides a glimpse at this new emerging story. As you watch it, try to feel the story through your heart and ask yourself if you are ready to believe in this story.

Credits:
Charles Eisenstein Ted Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjoxh4…

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