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World Environment Day: a good time to reflect on unintended consequences

Martin Atkin

04 Jun 2017 22:15:36

Few would disagree with protecting our fragile and increasingly under-pressure environment, nor with the joys of getting back to nature - especially since more than half of us are now urban dwellers. This year’s World Environment Day urges us to reconnect to the natural world around us, suggesting a stroll in the park or a day on the beach - if you are lucky enough to live near one. As the organisers point out, we are all part of nature and we all intimately depend on it. The call to reconnect with nature will, however, have a hollow ring for countless people in developing countries whose own natural resources and livelihoods have been put at risk by harmful business practices and investments. You don’t have to look far to find examples of communities and ecosystems suffering from the ...