Green Book Club Meeting: What Nature Does for Britain
  • Room 406, Babbage Building, Plymouth University (This room has disabled access - if the ground floor door is locked, please ring 01752 588400.)

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The next Plymouth Green Book Club meeting will discuss the book What Nature Does for Britain by Tony Juniper.

Tony Juniper is a former director of Friends of the Earth and now president of the Wildlife Trusts. He's published several award-winning books. What Nature Does for Britain is his most recent.

In it he continues a lively debate he has helped propel into the mainstream. Why do governments and so many others persist in seeing nature and the economy as being at odds with each other? The truth is that nature performs many services of huge financial value to us. These range from flood protection to pollination, and carbon storage to drinking water purification.

The book is packed with vivid examples told in a refreshing, upbeat style. Several of the stories Tony tells are of places and people in Devon and nearby.

The book is optimistic but has received criticism too. By 'putting a price' on nature do we risk turning it into another commodity to be traded? Shouldn't we want to protect nature for its own sake?

Mike Birkin, South West Regional Co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth, will be the guest expert for this discussion. 

Mike has been an active member of Friends of the Earth for over 40 years and the representative of the organisation in South West England since 1990.

Mike has spent most of his adult life in the region, and has lived in Bristol for the past 30 years. His current post sees him frequently representing Friends of the Earth in media and other public fora across the South West, supporting local campaigning activities and participating in policy debates. Mike has a particular interest in nature and renewable energy.

All are welcome to this free event.

Contact Alan Ramage for further information. Email:

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