As part of York Environment Week, I presented a ‘crash course’ introduction to the some of the keys ideas behind environmental valuation, trying to move away from a focus on monetary valuation alone. The aim of this workshop was more to invite participation from those who attended to think about their own relationships with the rivers, and to think about how these relationships matter to them. Thinking in this way can open up conversations about valuing water, and nature more generally. By focusing on these values however the attention moves away from the controversies and conflicts in decision-making and move towards a collective imagining, or re-imagining, of the futures we want to see.
The event was recorded as part of York Environment Week and is available to view below: