France | 2014 | Denis Delestrac and Sandrine Feydel | 88 minutes (subtitles)
If nature had a price tag, would big corporations be less inclined to destroy it? And if everything from wildlife to the carbon stored in forests could be bought, what would we really be selling?
Banking Nature is a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetise the natural world – and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit. It's a worldview that sees capital and markets not as a threat to the planet, but as its salvation—turning nature into "natural capital".
Banking Nature asks whether can we trust the very same people whose management of the mortgage market nearly led to a global economic collapse to safeguard nature by turning it into financial instruments for profit.