Here a note to the topic "environmental protection and economics" - which are often used in a contradictory way - seems to be appropriate: "Economic activity" covers all rational human activities, which serve the purposeful use of limited goods for the need satisfaction. (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirtschaften)
Now where lays the contradiction to the demands of environmental protection? Rational activities? Limited goods? Exactly, there is no contradiction. The maximum well-being for humans can always be found where we live in harmony with our environment!
A solution of environmental problems is probably only possible if we are all pulling in the same direction instead of always pointing a finger at someone else. In this world, we are not only explorers, but also shapers: With each act, each word and each thought, we change us and our environment - thus we should act consciously and be aware of our possibilities!
Let´s get active!