In human history, we have constantly destroyed the natural environment
in order to exploit natural resources.
Even today, many people believe that we should develop wild land to make
it more "useful" for people. Is the natural environment less
"useful" than land developed by people?
Forests produce oxygen; oceans control climate; lagoons purify water. According
to a scientist who has estimated the costs of these "services",
if people construct facilities to offer these "services" instead
of nature, the annual operating costs of these facilities will exceed 33
In other words, the natural environment continuously offers services of
this value free.
If we continue to destroy the natural environment, we will have to pay
for these free services.