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Summary

Finally, a practical, realistic plan to rescue, preserve and enhance nature.

This is an economist's approach to environmentalism, including a summary of Britain's green assets, a look towards possible futures and an achievable 25-year plan to a green and prosperous world.

News about Britain’s wildlife and ecosystems tends to be grim. In Green and Prosperous Land, Dieter Helm, a member of the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and advisor to the government, shares a radical but tangible plan for positive change. This is not the pale shadow offered by the current government but a bold generational plan which assesses the environment as a whole, explains the necessity of protecting and enhancing our green spaces and offers a clear, economically viable strategy to put Britain on a greener path.

Helm’s undeniable arguments expose hypocrisy and inefficiency in our environmental policies and demand change. Leaving behind the current sterile and ineffective battle between the environment and the economy, this revolutionary plan champions the integration of the economy and the environment together to enhance sustainable, ecofriendly economic growth. There is hope, and there is time, but we must act now.

©2019 Dieter Helm (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"This engaging book offers a coherent package of practical solutions...[and] should be required reading for policy-makers, economists, environmentalists, and all those concerned about sustainable growth and development." (Science)

"This must-read new book is a prescient and gripping analysis of the trends which are reshaping our world." (The Economist)

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mind opening

I have no interest in economics in general but this book shows that when considering the environment and how to protect it you cannot ignore this aspect. it provides a well argued approach to how this could be achieved and I learned a lot.

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Future farmers

Every one planning to farm for the long term needs to reed or listen this book very stimulating informative and inspirational David at Farmeco

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A plan of sorts

Green and Prosperous Land outlines a plan to put the countryside at the forefront on government plans by merging several government departments and having a 25-year nature plan which takes into account the real costs of decisions which affect the environment.

There are some very interesting things in the book but I can't see it getting political consensus anytime soon, much as I hope I am wrong.

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Important topic but lacks some key insight

The book itself is premised on an existing government plan, that the author helped pen. With this in mind, I was expecting more insight into how this plan could be crow barred into reality.
I was left with the depressing sense that the plan has been written, but no one on government is reading it!
It therefore left the book feeling somewhat of a utopian fantasy, rather then insight into something good, that might just happen.
I still think it’s worth a listen, and then follow up with an email to your local MP!

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Excellent economic perspective

provides a sound basis to inform the government's 25 year plan. A recipe for success.

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Conservation

All politicians should be made to read this book and any other body that portrays to be interested in the Environment.

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Profitable Environmentalism!

This book could be a game-changer if the right people, or enough people, check it out. The hackneyed idea that nature is always at odds with economic benefit is torn to shreds and sensible, practical steps to make us all richer are given in clear, everyday language. Magic!