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Putting economic value on the Earth's resources can help save them
Putting economic value on the Earth's resources can help save them

Press Release - 19 March 2008

Costing the Earth: environmental expert to talk in Bath

Local people are invited to a talk by renowned economist Anil Markandya on the true cost of using the Earth’s resources and what we can do to stop climate change. The talk will be held at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI) on Tuesday 25 March 2008 at 7.30pm.

The talk, Costing the Earth, will explore how putting economic values on environments and resources can help save them, and help stabilise the climate.

“In finding solutions to the growing global loss of ecosystems services there are real conflicts between inter and intragenerational equity and the goals of sustainability,” said Anil Markandya, Professor of Economics at the University of Bath.

“They can be addressed, but doing so needs innovative thinking and bringing the quasi science of economics and the art of politics in closer touch with each other.”

Anil Markandya is a consultant to governments, development agencies and universities and has advised on major projects around the world. He is a lead member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which recently shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore.

His 1992 work Blueprint for a green economy, written with David Pearce and Edward Barbier, changed the way the subject was perceived in the UK.

The lecture is part of the Green Light series, organised by Friends of the Earth and Bath Greenpeace and supported by Envolve.

Admission is £3 (£1.50 unwaged) and tickets are available on the door. The BRLSI is located at 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN. Doors open at 7pm.

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