Essays on Green Accounting
Advances in Ecological Economics series
Chapter 21: An afterword
At this stage the reader may expect a distillation of the book’s central message or messages. But it is doubtful that a succinct summary is possible or can be sufficiently faithful to the many topics discussed. The coverage of the preceding chapters went far and wide, mixing demolition of what I thought heresies with constructive propositions. But the center of attention has been constant throughout, and all arguments have revolved around a core preoccupation. That is seeking a better estimation of national income, namely a greened national product. My quest for greening the national accounts, it should be obvious by now, has not been motivated by interest in ecological conservation, but to obtain more realistic macroeconomic measurements – which at least to some extent would reflect ecological change.
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