Natural and Spiritual Capitals and their Interaction

Cooper, Nigel (2016) Natural and Spiritual Capitals and their Interaction. In: Rethinking Capitals: Going Beyond the Financial, December 2014, London, UK.

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Nature provides humans with various 'services', some of which could be called spiritual, e.g. connection to nature, call of the wild, the rich diversity of life, and the awareness that humans are dependent on nature. This leads to a duty of humans towards nature. But what does our spiritual capital need to be like to appreciate this duty? At the individual human level this will include the cultivation of virtue,spiritual practices, and the exercise of care. As a society we need to nurture individual spirituality and recognise that generosity is needed alongside self-interest if the hidden hand is to work. We can educate the virtues, discover a spirit of sacrifice and widen the boundaries of concern.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference hosted by the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales), Newcastle University Business School and the Natural Capital Coalition
Keywords: Spiritual value, Ecosystem services, Natural capital, Spiritual capital, Metaphor
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Rev Canon Nigel Cooper
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 07:56
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2022 13:43

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