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Eating the Earth

Why We Need to Change the Way we do Business with Nature

Justyn Walsh



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Queensland Univ. Press
12 September 2023
Money talks, but it doesn't always tell the truth ...

Fossil-fuelled capitalism, although generating riches for billions, is underwritten by a planetary pyramid scheme - one in which withdrawals from the natural world are not supported by underlying capital replenishment, resulting in global impacts such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

Former investment banker Justyn Walsh argues that the failure to properly value nature is more than just a glitch in the system, but in many ways is the system - one enabling a 'cowboy economy' that relentlessly rolls forward to new frontiers of exploitation, and gives the appearance of wealth being created when in fact much of it is being destroyed.

Stark in its warnings but hopeful in its prescriptions, Eating the Earth argues that we need to embrace a new story - one acknowledging that humankind is a part of nature rather than apart from nature, that measures how life is enriched rather than destroyed, and that lives off nature's dividends rather than eating into its capital.
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   399g
ISBN:   9780702266133
ISBN 10:   0702266132
Pages:   312
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Justyn Walsh is a former corporate lawyer, investment banker and asset manager, and has worked in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently the chair of a financial technology company and sits on the advisory board of a venture capital firm, and is the author of Investing with Keynes (Black Inc, 2021). Now Sydney-based, he holds degrees in Law and Economics.

Reviews for Eating the Earth: Why We Need to Change the Way we do Business with Nature

'A brilliant exposé of the false economic foundations on which our modern society is built.' Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler

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