Economists and scientists are putting a monetary price on everything from the buzzing bee (£430m pa, along with other pollinators) to the green view from your bedroom window (apparently just £300 pa), in a National Ecosystem Assessment. Yikes.
Good on Tom Feilden for concluding his report by asking what the spiritual value of the view across Oxford’s spires might be.
It’s price of everything, value of nothing stuff. And worse. Because what you give a monetary value to, is what can be sold and exploited. You can see it now: green field developers having to pay a buzzing-bee-subsidy, and they’d pay it. The pricing doesn’t save the bee. It destroys it.