Growing money on trees by making green the new gold

In my previous article I argued that we need to ad ecology to our balance sheet, this time I’d like to take it a step further and see how we might actually create real exponential growth and abundance by limiting the creation of money by our ecological wealth.

It’s time to introduce the Green Standard, because if we can only create money upon expanding our ecosystem, then every Euro, Dollar, Yen or Pesa becomes a force for prosperity.

Second, we need a proper accounting system to create a baseline for our accounts. Preferably extrapolating our way back to about 100 years ago, before we started to deplete the planet at a massive scale.

How would economic growth be financed at all if profit is pumped back into ecology and money creation is dependent on ecological growth?

Growth, like the market, is not principally an economic construct. If anyone knows about growth it’s ecology. Here’s where I want to introduce the future value concept. In finance future value refers to the value of a current asset at a specified date in the future based on an assumed rate of growth (interest rate) over time. Basically creating money with money. By letting your money sit there it increases exponentially over time because it gathers interest upon interest.

Ecology not only creates future value, future value is inherent to ecology. So any deposit in the ecology bank will lead to a steady interest that accumulates over time. Value can be subtracted from this account for the benefit of economy without destroying the assets. In which case recovery is automatic and at no cost or effort.

However where we stand now we have overdrawn our checkbook and like the fishers we must create an upfront investment to reap the benefits. The only way to address this gap at scale is if we get greedy about ecology. Making the creation of money dependent on the restoration of our ecological future value potential, will do exactly that.



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Zairah Khan

Regenerative Entrepreneur, Permaculture, BlueO2- Dreaming big from the ground upwards