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I was reading an article in The Guardian yesterday, in which George Monblot expressed is view on the success, or should I say failure, of last week’s Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya. According to him “we’ve been conned. The deal to save the natural world never happened”. Already, I like the guy.

But let’s get back to the subject matter for a minute. The big biodiversity convention that was going to change the way we treat plants, animals and nature did in fact produce a declaration, proclaimed by the senior staff of the convention, in tune with major national and international newspapers as “a great success” (to say it in George Monblot’s words). But there it is, right in our faces. No one has seen, let alone read, the said declaration. And this doesn’t only bother Monblot, it bothers me too.

Because of that annoying feeling, and because he grabbed my attention, I carefully read his article yesterday, and I suggest you do to. Mister Monblot has some very interesting things to say about nature and economics, and the reason why governments are not in any hurry to put a stop to the destruction of natural wealth in the struggle to make money.

It suits governments to let us trash the planet. It’s not just that big business gains more than it loses from converting natural wealth into money. A continued expansion into the biosphere permits states to avoid addressing issues of distribution and social justice: the promise of perpetual growth dulls our anger about widening inequality. By trampling over nature we avoid treading on the toes of the powerful.

Read the full article from The Guardian here.