Banking Nature

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Official film description...

We investigate the commercialization of the natural world. Protecting our planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets. This involves species banking, where investors buy up vast swathes of land, full of endangered species, to enable them to sell ‘nature credits’. Companies whose actions destroy the environment are now obliged to buy these credits and new financial centres have sprung up, specializing in this trade.

Many respected economists believe that the best way to protect nature is to put a price on it. But others fear that this market in nature could lead to companies having a financial interest in a species’ extinction. There are also concerns that – like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 – the market in nature credits is bound to crash.

And there are wider issues at stake. What guarantees do we have that our natural inheritance will be protected? And should our ecological heritage be for sale?

Notes on the film...

„Banking Nature“ contrasts two very different points of view on the economic valuation of nature: on one hand, it is considered that nature should not be economically valued. On the other hand, it is considered that a monetary valuation could be used to save endangered species or ecosystems. Solutions or conclusive answers are not offered.

SRF-mySchool Version 51 min: Grüne Börse – Wie die Banken die Natur entdecken

Rating from our film jury...

„Banking Nature“ is well worth watching. The documentary shows how nature can become an object of financial speculation – a highly relevant and rarely shown topic.

„Banking Nature“ is packed with information and facts and illuminates the issue of green economy in a critical way but without losing objectivity. „Banking Nature“ is based on remarkable journalistic research and presents good interviews. The documentation quality is high.

„Banking Nature“ is an intelligent film that is rather focusing on imparting knowledge and facts than on evoking emotions. Many empirical examples highlight the impact of human activities on our planet. Solutions or conclusive answers are not presented.

The film only shows few connections to our daily lives. It does not inspire viewers to take action but still promotes a sense of responsibility.

The film keeps the viewer's attention and contains high-quality images and scenes. Cut and soundtrack are good.

Further reviews...

“Successfully outlines the theory behind 'financializing nature'… making this complex aspect of the modern market system comprehensible… Does a real service. Recommended.” —Video Librarian

“This is a fascinating work, investigating an inventive plan to protect nature… The portrayal of both sides of this impalpable concept is laudable. Huge assembly of opponents gives this film a distinct objectivity. The work has brilliant foresight into the issues, turning points, dangers, and ethical dilemmas of the proposal. Highly recommended.” —Educational Media Reviews Online

“A beautiful and very challenging and provocative treatment of the current effort to save nature and the planet by applying the market economics, models, and tools to global environmental crises such as species extinction, the loss of biodiversity, degradation and loss of whole ecosystems like the world's rainforests, and global warming.” —Science Books and Films

“How much are the rainforests of the Amazon, the coral reefs of Hawaii, and the world's bees worth?” —Le Figaro

“Inspiring; analysis with detail and foresight.” —L'Humanité

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Denis Delestrac, Sandrine Feydel
Screenplay: Denis Delestrac, Sandrine Feydel
Production: ARTE France
Year: 2015
Country: France
Run time: 88 minutes
Language (Audio): English, French, German
Screening rights: Javafilms

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entertainment value

scientificity+ journalistic quality

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