If your recall, the re-authorization of Forever Wild barely made it past the State Senate earlier; however, it will now be on the ballot for a statewide vote on Nov. 6, 2012.
Forever Wild needs to be reauthorized.
Consider this conclusion of new report by the Conservative government in England:
The Government has published the UK’s first National Ecosystem Assessment today, a ground breaking report which attempts to put a cash price on the environmental services provided by nature.
Services like pollination by insects, water and air purification by soils and plants, the flood alleviation provided by woods and marshes upstream of towns and cities, and even the value of living close to a green space in terms of savings to the NHS – a service the Government’s bean counters put at £300 per person per year.
That $485 per person just for living near a greenspace. The report further determined, for example, that the benefits inland wetlands bring to water quality are worth up to £1.5 billion ($2.4billion) per year to the UK; for British Agriculture, pollinators such as bees are worth £430 million ($693 million) per year.
Listen to Conservative Cabinet Member Caroline Spearmen’s argument:
The natural world is vital to our existence, providing us with essentials such as food, water and clean air – but also cultural and health benefits not always fully appreciated because we get them for free. The UK NEA is a vital step forward in our ability to understand the true value of nature and how to sustain the benefits it gives us.
The economic benefits of nature are seen most clearly in food production, which depends on organisms such as soil microbes, earthworms and pollinating insects.
If their health declines – as is currently happening in the UK with bees – either farmers produce less food, or have to spend more to produce the same amount.
Either way there is an economic impact; and on average, the costs are growing over time.
She further expressed that society would pay a “terrible price” if it neglected to care for nature.
Nature belongs to us all, and we’ve all got a vested interest in protecting it. That’s why the true value of nature should be built into the decisions we make – as individuals, organisations, businesses and governments – so that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better condition than we found it.
This is true conservatism.