The Value of Nature

So, to continue with the Tree riff, I was reading The Economist this week and there was an interesting article about the value of urban trees. We so often take trees, and most of nature, for granted. We don’t often think of their economic value. So, in this article, they calulcated that the value of an urban tree can be as high as $100,000, even more! Because the tree is doing valuable things like cleaning air and water, providing habitat and lots of other things. To put that in perspective, the tree that may grow in front of your house is 2 to 3 times more valuable than the car parked in the driveway. And the tree is only valuable if it is living; not dead. So don’t cut it down and think you can sell it for that amount. The point of the article and what we all are beginning to understand is that the things that nature does for us for free are worth a whole lot of money, in some cases it is invaluable, and we have not recongized it or undestood its value. It is now time to do so.

 

Reposted from http://www.11thhouraction.com/blog

by Leila Conners Peterson

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