Our planet’s very fiber and fabric of life is being destroyed so fast scientists from around the world have issued two dire warnings to humanity, our health and all life on Earth is at stake. Either we are not listening or it's our selfish ignorance of the needs of our living planet and others.
There's just one solution we can count on today —making our planet's health our first and foremost responsibly, by living just and sustainable, as one people and planet. This is our challenge today, as tomorrow will be too late to assure our children's future health and justice is better, not worse than today!
Much of the natural capital locally and around the world is under rated and valued and represents significant loss in terms of our community's health, sustainability, efficiency, economy, jobs, business, and more. What's missing is consideration for a resource finite contribution to a sustainable community and planet.
Value (defined) — the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
A few examples of what we may value today:
Health, life, family, friends, peace, planet and community.
— Henry David Thoreau
"There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it"
TRUE VALUE ACCOUNTING
In a finite living world everything is important and nothing should be wasted be it a natural resource or human potential and everything should be assessed at the beginning of every new cycle along its life course according to its True Value and highest potential use and benefit.
This True Value Accounting paradigm seeks to bring greater appreciation and subsequently new and higher sustainable value to local natural (capital) resources such as wood, stone, glass and metal from our built environment and wood from our urban forests to create life-sustaining community beneficial work and opportunity.
True value inputs identified here have been long ignored from the value proposition and need to be included if we choose to make our communities more sustainable, equitable and responsible for all people, businesses, institutions, community benefit organizations and government.
Note: This value proposition has no intended relationship to any building rating system or product certification system.
We know we pay for products from nature, such as water, food and timber, but there are many other goods and services from nature that we take for granted. Healthy ecosystems provide vast economic value, and investing in this natural capital provides a high rate of return. For example, a growing number of government policy-makers are starting to measure the economic value of “ecosystem services.” Such ecosystem service valuation can demonstrate a return on past or proposed investments in natural capital and objectively quantify true value.