The Economics of Diversity: the Dasgupta Review

You may have noticed that The Light Review is more than happy to talk about the climate crisis to anyone prepared to listen . . . and even to those plucky few who aren’t!


I’ve been watching a series of webinars from FutureBuild – the Lost Sessions. These talks were originally intended to be a part of the annual exhibition in London. Curated by The Edge, three sessions concentrated on different aspects of the climate crisis:

  • Learning for the future – biodiversity and net zero as standard
  • Putting nature at the heart of decision making
  • Construction-led action for net zero

Coming out of all that, I first heard about a report, commissioned by the UK Government and recently published, by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Report presents a new economic framework, grounded in ecology and Earth Sciences in order to understand the sustainability of our engagement with nature and to identify the options humanity (that’s you and me) has to enhanced biodiversity and prosperity.

For those who are fed up with the likes of Swampy and Nigel Harvey stealing the headlines with their dodgy behaviour, here are a group of law-abiding worthies, who are saying exactly the same thing.

This video comes from The Royal Society, first published on 2nd February this year. It features Charles, Prince of Wales; Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister; George Eustace, Sec. State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Sir David Attenborough as well as Sir Partha Dasgupta himself. And it’s chaired by Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Not a crusty to be seen – and the message, as I say – IS THE SAME.

The video in total is nearly an hour and a quarter, but you can get through the main speakers in half an hour at the front end, with Sir David rounding up matters in the last five minutes.

This is a vitally important stuff. Its said that there are no neutral parties to this. You are either working positively (just doing what you can) to help mitigate the stresses that humanity is putting onto the planetary system – or you’re doing the opposite. There is no ‘standing to the side’.




You can download three versions of the Dasgupta report from the website.

Full Report – The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review (610 pages)

Abridged Report – The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review (103 pages)

Headline Messages – The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review (10 pages)


Sir Partha Dasgupta

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