About Better Nature

Better Nature aims to assist in the transformation of humanity’s activities so they restore nature, rather than continue to destroy it.

Only through such a profound transformation will we be able to avert climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse, and begin to put in place the resilient and flourishing systems required for all life on earth to continue.

Our analysis identifies that such a change is only possible at the speed and scale required through political-economic rule change, and that such a change will only be realised via strategic and targeted civic mobilisation, enabled by narrative change.

Latest articles

GEC Insights Guest Article: An Agenda for the “Super Year for Nature”

This article is part of the Green Economy Coalition’s Insights series. The original can be read here. The GEC Insights series is a new curated collection of online articles...

Better Nature Briefing: Placing Nature at the Heart of the Human Development Report

Thirty years ago – in 1990 – the first Human Development Report (HDR) was launched. As an independent review of development progress and of the evolution of development thinking,...

Better Nature Briefing: Transforming Accounting Standards, by Jeremy Nicholls

There is increasing recognition that the economic system needs to change if the catastrophic effects of climate change, biodiversity loss and widening inequality are going to be avoided. While...

Fields of Work

Due to their potential to realise system level change, our thematic focuses are finance, legal recourse and applying research:

Finance: Current efforts at the intersection of biodiversity and finance mainly focus on increasing finance for biodiversity-friendly activity, and are not commensurate with the scale of the challenge presented by the biodiversity crisis. We need a step change in these efforts, and more importantly, a paradigm shift across mainstream finance so that it acts to restore rather than destroy nature. We aim to stimulate genuine success at the intersection of biodiversity and finance by making the case to keystone actors for disruptive action to transform the rules that perpetuate our political and economic norms.

Legal Recourse: Biodiversity conservation law, and its enforcement, covers a huge range of topics and extends to all corners of the world. However, despite a 38-fold increase in environmental law between 1972 and 2017, current legal mechanisms are not sufficient. What is missing are efforts to change the political-economic rules-of-the-game which govern society and the economy. By focusing beyond the development and enforcement of biological diversity conservation law, into areas such as corporate and financial law as well as human rights law, we intend to support key actors in the field to develop new, and apply existing, legal mechanisms in support of transformative action at the scale and speed required to protect and restore the natural world.

Applying Research: Academic research is critical to much environmental action. Without rigorous, peer-reviewed, evidence-based foundations to build on, the fields of environmental and conservation campaigning would not be possible. However, the integration of campaigning and other practical, tangible, real-world focused activity into research processes is far from optimised, and often ignored or completely overlooked. Working with key academic actors and influencers, such as funders and research institutions, we aim to integrate campaign planning and narrative change into research processes, with the aim of realising political-economic rules change in support of biodiversity.

Better Nature Together

Better Nature Together is an online forum and emerging network designed to identify and develop proposals to change the political-economic rules that govern humanity’s activities so they restore nature, rather than continue to destroy it.

We invite you to submit your proposals for focus areas (strategies) and specific interventions (commitments). Over the course of 2020 we’ll select and publish at least one paper a month, inviting responses and comments as a way to refine the proposals as well as build a community of action.

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