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Bernardo Cruz

Student , Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto

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Payment for ecologic services (and penalties for ecologic damages)

When I plant a tree, I'm investing time on it. Whem I water that tree, I'm again making an investment in time and money, that will often not pat off, economically.
Yet, I'm making a service to all mankind (because the tree will fight global warming). Shouldn't I be rewarded for it? You may say my reward is feeling I've done something for mankind, but we all know that's not what fuels the world.

So, what I'm proposing is that whoever does something that benefits everybody, by cleaning the world we live in, should be payed for that (that way we'll stimulate ecologic protection).
And also that everyone who damages the world we live in should pay (e.g. to those who protect the environment). That way we'll desencourage ecologic destruction.

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  • Jan 24 2012: we have to learn how to calculate ecological benifits and damages in order to make this possible.
    in the end it up to us.
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      Jan 30 2012: This value issue (how much should they pay or receive?) is really the hardest of this system. It'll not be easy to agree on a certain value, but I think it's better for it to work with an 'incorrect' value than to not work at all.
      I think the value should be enough to ensure future generations will have oil until they have developed an alternative energy source. If it would be like making the use of resources equal to their natural replenishment, the oil we could use annually would be near zero. So, I think we should make a prediction (of course it may fail, but it's better than nothing) on when will mankind have an alternative energy source and so put such a price on oil extraction that it lasts in considerable quantity until the time we have an alternative source. So, if you want, it's like altruism between generations.

      Hard to apply, that's why I say we need political will to tackle this problems.

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