My thoughts on ‘What has nature ever done for us’ by Tony Juniper

A group of us braved the floods on 5th December to discuss Tony Juniper’s ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ The following few paragraphs explain what I personally took from the book, and our discussion.

I found a kindred spirit in Juniper. I grew up in awe of nature: I have an early memory catching caddisfly larva in tributary of the Trent, experimenting on them at home, enthralled as they reconstructed their shells from coloured beads. On holiday in Corfu I discovered the rainbow-world of marine biology – an experience that inspired me to study this at university. However, despite an instinctively feeling that nature is priceless, I often find it difficult making a business case for its protection; and that is why I found the treasure-trove of case studies presented in this book so valuable. Continue reading


Boundaries, Biodiversity, and Beer!

An account of the inaugural Green-Thinkers Bookclub

I thoroughly enjoyed our first Green-Thinkers debate and the little grey cells were certainly stimulated. Having selected a contemporary book ‘The God Species’ by Mark Lynas that challenges some ‘scared green cows’  there was plenty to discuss taking us past the official going home time, and then afterwards downstairs in the bar for a more informal chat. Perhaps it was the beer and chips that stimulated the thinking! Continue reading