That is a question that can yield a variety of responses. I for one am indifferent to the topic. One may argue that yes, you can put a price on nature’s services just because people have assigned a price over everything else, including a reward for the capture of another human being. However, people who disagree have a valid point in saying that nature’s services are similar to a human rights law.
They could argue the point that if people are born equal then how can they truly be equal if they cannot take advantage of the resources from which we are born. It will be difficult to decide what is right and wrong when both sides have valid points. Therefore, I am left with the feeling of indifference and each side will need to be discussed in great detail.
If one concludes that you can put a price on nature’s services, then they must have some reason inside leading to their conclusion.
Some people feel that putting a price on nature’s services will eventually make people more conscientious in protecting nature, or their investment, rather than allowing it to fritter away. I agree with this statement because if we take the idea and use it in a different context, it holds the same value. For example, imagine you spent $25,000 on a new car compared to someone giving you a new car, obviously you will take better care of the car you paid for because it is an investment, given that you worked hard to earn the ,000.
There are other benefits to protecting nature such as preservation of species, possibly the reduction of acid rain, and smog, rebuilding of the ozone, and so on. Therefore one can argue that the start of preserving earth beings with putting a price on it.
However, how can we put a price on something we were giving to, to live and thrive as a species? Just as everyone is born equal, we are all born to make use of its fruits to survive. We survived, but the problem concerning survival is that we are taking advantage of the situation. Instead of surviving to the minimum, we are living lavishly while forcing other organisms to go homeless or even extinct! What gives us the right to force someone out of their home so we can live in an oversized house with excessive furniture used only for decoration? If we put a price on nature, we are essentially giving back to the community from which we took. The funds raised will be used to rebuild forests or find more environmental effects using transportation or industry. This only seems logical because if we can pay for one’s service such as dry cleaning to obtain clean clothes, why can’t we pay for the earth’s service.
I am concluding the fact that if we continue to rob the earth of its resources without proper compensation, we will all find ourselves living on an earth depleted of its resources. We must now begin to appreciate the fruits of mother earth and pay her back for we are already in debt. As a result, people will be more energy efficient and begin to realize there is a correlation between the health of our planet and the well-being of all organisms which live upon it. In conclusion, the benefits of charging people for the earth’s services should be initiated because the consequence of doing otherwise will be disastrous.