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Putting a Value on Trees

Posted
July 4, 2012,
by
Claire Montanaro
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The findings, to be published today, will assert, I believe, that this free but intensely valuable resource has been ignored and under-estimated for too long, and that the number of forested areas in England should be increased by 50 per cent over the next few decades, as well as being held in trust for the people of Britain rather than being sold off for profit as once intended by government. It is good news. However, the money issue once again will determine the outcome of the report. It is ironic that just as there is a furore of criticism led by politicians and the media about bankers trying to make profit out of market manipulation, those same politicians are driven by an intent to use British resources to maximum financial benefit, whatever they may be, however treasured and iconic. They may pay lip service to respecting our heritage and environment, but given the choice between making money for the exchequer by felling timber in great quantities and investing in caring for and developing our woodlands, profit usually will be the preferred choice of action. It may not be illegal as it is in the case of the bankers’ activities, but for me it is just as unethical as well as being very short sighted. The report on England’s forests deserves full attention but it will be overshadowed by Bob Diamond’s public appearance today. What a contrast of values we have.]]>

Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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