Nature’s values can be manifold: aesthetic, emotional, traditional, recreational, and monetary. Economically understood valued nature is turned into resource, with accounting tools from “polluter-pays” principles to “carbon-offset” schemes as common instruments to balance the human-nature relationship. But can and should we rely on such evaluation and exchange systems to break even with anthropogenic environmental change? Combining different knowledges and tools, we made a case for the inter- and transdisciplinary experiment to develop accounts that are socially, politically, and economically accountable.
Developed by Sabine Höhler (Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Ioan Negrutiu (Institut Michel Serres, Ècole normal superieure de Lyon), and Natalie Jeremijenko (Environmental Health Clinic, New York University). See also the Campus seminar on “Valuing Nature”.