The global economy is losing more money from the disappearance of forests than through the current banking crisis, according to an EU-commissioned study.
It puts the annual cost of forest loss at between $2 trillion and $5 trillion.
The figure comes from adding the value of the various services that forests perform, such as providing clean water and absorbing carbon dioxide.
Does this surprise anyone?
If the earth were a body, the forests would be the lungs.
But even beyond our financial view of this matter, there’s the question of what we’re doing as a species.
What kind of species destroys its ecosystem? One that doesn’t have a plan, so it has fallen into squabbling about what it has, not what it can create.
No wonder humans are so neurotic, bitchy, greedy, selfish, hipsterish, queeny, and generally irritating.