Tony Juniper at the ESI with staff and students

Leading environmentalist Tony Juniper (fifth from left) on a tour of the ESI with academic staff and students

Cornwall Campus hosts leading environmentalist

The University of Exeter Cornwall Campus recently welcomed British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist Tony Juniper as part of the promotional tour for the release of his new book - What has Nature Ever Done For Us? How Money Does Really Grow on Trees.

Tony was given a tour of the campus and the University’s newly opened Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), which undertakes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to find solutions to the problems of environmental change. At the ESI Tony  spoke to several academic staff and students in a seminar about his influential work.

Dr Clare Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at the ESI explained: “All sorts of worries usually spring to my mind when people talk about assigning economic values to nature but Tony’s approach is convincing. Making decision-makers and corporations aware of the economic value of nature does not necessarily mean that nature needs to be commodified. Once natural services have been valued, they can be protected through controls and legislation rather than the market.”

The evening public lecture was attended by over two hundred people. Tony discussed his current book, raising the issue of how nature does far more for us than most of us realise, followed by a question and answer session.

Tony Juniper said: “The work being done by people in Cornwall to show how it is possible to have a strong economy, create jobs and look after the earth all at the same time is really inspiring. I have seen how CoaST is promoting greener tourism, the new ESI producing cutting edge research and renewable energy companies increasing the production of clean power in the county. I’m impressed by the passion and inspiration of the people who came to my lecture and would say that if they are anything to go by then Cornwall has a bright green future. All that makes it an even more brilliant place to visit."

The event was organised by the ESI and the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project (CoaST).

Date: 10 May 2013

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