The biosphere is the thin membrane that surrounds the coagulated lump of space junk that we call Earth. It is the region within which life is active. The surface of this planet that we know has been geo-engineered by the interactive web of living things, over the past 3.8 billion years, by the coding written into the DNA of life. Over the past 10,000 years, human activity has reduced the overall amount of life by more than 50% and degraded the resilience and stability of the biosphere. Human consciousness and intelligence has fundamentally changed the management and regulation of the biosphere and made it our responsibility. Our very survival depends on how well we care for it.
Contracts for biosphere services between rural and urban economies, for the provision of biosphere management services that will create opportunity at every level of society.
• Huge investment in less developed countries and rural areas will be required.
• The opportunity and payback comes through the creation of new markets.