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Green and Prosperous Land by Dieter Helm

Green and Prosperous Land: A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside

Dieter Helm

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2 reviews

Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780008304478

Finally, a practical, realistic plan to rescue, preserve and enhance nature. This is an economist's approach to environmentalism, including a summary of Britain's green assets, a look towards possible futures, and an achievable 25-year plan to a green and prosperous world.

3 stars out of 5
15 Mar 2019

"Dieter Helm has a plan to stop damage from farming and government’s complicity in it"

He also at times seems to be scripting a technocrat’s ideal job. Who would dole out billions of pounds from the Nature Fund, and write the UK’s 25-year environmental plan? An economist in the sky? Someone rather like the current chair of the Natural Capital Committee? That said, this is an important analysis, argued with passion, intelligence and rigour. It is timely, too, not just because Brexit may force radical change on farming but because — as Helm makes compellingly clear — of the urgency of the problem.


3 stars out of 5
10 Mar 2019

"a pure economic argument for conservation"

Helm takes us across the country, uplands and lowlands, coast and seas, exposing each time a world of folly and false assumptions, along with a collection of vested interests that keep those follies in place...Despite its title, this is not an instantly practical national self-help manual: it is more a listing of our national follies — follies we could set aside at a stroke if only we thought it through from an economist’s point of view. But it is still an important book. The notion of the financial value of nature is long established. Helm takes this further to present a pure economic argument for conservation. We all need to listen to that.