Banking Nature

Natur - Spekulationsobjekt mit Zukunft

We investigate the commercialization of the natural world. Protecting our planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets. This involves species banking, where investors buy up vast swathes of land, full of endangered species, to enable them to sell ‘nature credits’. Companies whose actions destroy the environment are now obliged to buy these credits and new financial centres have sprung up, specializing in this trade.

Many respected economists believe that the best way to protect nature is to put a price on it. But others fear that this market in nature could lead to companies having a financial interest in a species’ extinction. There are also concerns that - like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 - the market in nature credits is bound to crash.

And there are wider issues at stake. What guarantees do we have that our natural inheritance will be protected? And should our ecological heritage be for sale?

„Banking Nature“ contrasts two very different points of view on the economic valuation of nature: on one hand, it is considered that nature should not be economically valued. On the other hand, it is considered that a monetary valuation could be used to save endangered species or ecosystems. Solutions or conclusive answers are not offered.

„Banking Nature“ is well worth watching. The documentary shows how nature can become an object of financial speculation - a highly relevant and rarely shown topic.

„Banking Nature“ is packed with information and facts and illuminates the issue of green economy in a critical way but without losing objectivity. „Banking Nature“ is based on remarkable journalistic research and presents good interviews. The documentation quality is high.

„Banking Nature“ is an intelligent film that is rather focusing on imparting knowledge and facts than on evoking emotions. Many empirical examples highlight the impact of human activities on our planet. Solutions or conclusive answers are not presented.

The film only shows few connections to our daily lives. It does not inspire viewers to take action but still promotes a sense of responsibility.

The film keeps the viewer's attention and contains high-quality images and scenes. Cut and soundtrack are good.

Director(s): Denis Delestrac, Sandrine Feydel
Script: Denis Delestrac, Sandrine Feydel
Production: ARTE France, Via Découvertes, Dead Hamster VFX Studio, Java Films, Arte France, Via Découvertes
Music: Stéphane Lopez
Actors: Vandana Shiva, Pavan Sukhdev, Pablo Solon
Year: 2015
Duration: 88 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German, French, English
Country of origin: France
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Screening rights: Javafilms ()
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Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: africa biodiversity externalisation climate politics forest growth
Mentions: Greenpeace WWF Palm Oil Banks Deregulation Cancer Market Kyoto Protocol Risk Stocks Bees Supply Demand Economic System Resources Valuation revolving doors extinction mortgage crisis Investment Natural Capital
Topic Page(s): Fairtrade + Economy


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