Economies need nature. Natural systems provide foundational economic goods and services including oxygen, water, land, food, recreation, beauty, raw materials, minerals, and energy. All “built capital” is made of natural capital, including cars, buildings and food. An economy also requires climate stability, storm and flood protection, waste assimilation and other natural services.
Our economy today is comprised of a unique combination of natural, built, human, social and financial capital, the outcome of previous centuries of investment. Our investments in the economy today will determine its physical appearance tomorrow, and wise investments are crucial to ensuring our well-being and economic freedom into the future. In the 21st Century, our economy faces unique challenges, and wise investments require an economics that is equipped for these challenges.
Earth Economics is an independent, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to researching and applying the economic solutions of tomorrow, today. Since 1998, Earth Economics has been providing robust, science-based, ecologically sound economic analysis, policy recommendations and tools to positively transform regional, national and international economics, and asset accounting systems. Working with leading ecologists, economists and modelers, we serve a large circle of non-profits, government agencies, policy makers, businesses, and multi-lateral organizations with research, reports, presentations, workshops and investigations. Our goal is to help communities shift away from the failed economic policies of the past, towards an approach that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Everything we do can be measured in millions of dollars of investment shifted towards sustainability and by physical changes on the landscape.