I’ve been thinking of changing the title of this blog - mostly because the term environmentalist is associate with fairly extreme views on the protection of ‘natural’ environments and other species, and partly because I also have a keen interest in the property market.
But in my mind, understanding property is the key to a reasoned approach to preserving our quality of life by preserving environmental amenity. Maybe I am more of a ‘quality of life’ economist who believes there are many non-market goods, including the quality of, and accessibility of natural environments, that are major contributors to our well-being.
However the increasing fanaticism I have observed in some areas of the climate change movement, the lack of ability for some environmentalists to see the forest for the trees (pun intended), has lead me to distance myself from some of the core environmentalist views.
Take the topic of the moment, climate change. Why don’t we hear about
- Any potential benefits of climate change
- The statistical reality behind some of the conclusions
- Other important environmental issues that are cheap to address and provide immediate direct benefits
I feel like climate change is crowding out other local environmental concerns that will immediately contribute to quality of life of Australians.
In my mind, a quality combination of land use and environmental controls in our cities and towns can contribute far more to the well-being of society than other popular environmental issues.
So what then of the blog title? Any ideas? Or does the economist part imply a rational approach?