BBC discovers nature “is worth billions” to UK:
The National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) says that for decades, the emphasis has been on producing more food and other goods – but this has harmed other parts of nature that generate hidden wealth.
Ministers who commissioned the NEA will use it to re-shape planning policy.
“The natural world is vital to our existence, providing us with essentials such as food, water and clean air – but also cultural and health benefits not always fully appreciated because we get them for free,” said Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.
“The UK NEA is a vital step forward in our ability to understand the true value of nature and how to sustain the benefits it gives us.”
Then we’ll reform the way you receive those benefits. There may have to be a small charge. Think of it as a land tax for people who don’t own any land. An equivalent of the tax relief we’ll be giving the people who do. Oh, & by the way: say goodbye to the National Parks.