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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful argument for Biodiversity, 29 Jun 2013
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While not as seminal as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" which catalysed my thinking and attitude to the environment in the 1960s leading to a life-long commitment to a career in environmental education this comprehensive analysis of the value of nature in providing eco-system services and the damage that human activity is doing to these essential life-support services could have a similar impact on young people today. An easily understood and digested summary of a complex subject, this should be required reading for all politicians, economists, industrialists and students. While I do have reservations about ascribing cash value to some of the intrinsic value of the natural world, this approach gives a powerful case for conserving habitats and eco-systems in a pragmatic and money obsessed world.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2013 20:29:11 BDT
I'm glad you mentioned 'Silent Spring', John. It had a profound impact on my mother - and later my father - and I still remember, from my childhood, this book sitting, very well thumbed, on the bookshelf at home. Marvelous book - inspiring writer and scientist. Hope I'll Like 'What has nature ever done for us?' as much. I expect I will.
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