Goldcrest Standard

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= A artistic project proposing the issue of a range of coins and banknotes the value of which is determined by key indicator species.

Description

John Hartley:

"A project proposing the issue of a range of coins and banknotes the value of which is determined by key indicator species.

Regulus Regulus, the Goldcrest weighs the same as a two pence coin. The Goldcrest Standard, proposes coinage with face value proportionate to biomass, pegging biomass to economic value." (http://www.ambivalency.net/Goldcrest.htm)


Discussion

John Hartley:

"Since the abandonment of the Gold Standard in 1931, which linked the value of stirling to the global supply of gold, the exchange value of currency has been unrelated to any physical resource. Determining its value is now an act of speculation subject to widely different interpretations, exposing the economy to dangerous fluctuation and misatribution of value (for instance to exotic investments rather than any resource base). The Goldcrest Standard proposes 're-pegging' currency, with its value determined by natural resources; initially adult body mass of key native species. Pegging the value of stirling to ecological resources could offer a more stable economic system. It would also move environmental expenses such as pollution from being what economists term 'externalities', that is having no impact upon the price of exchange goods, to being a true determinant of exchange value.

Scientists speak of 'totemic' species that have an increased value. This is partly due to how their dependence on other species in the food web means they can act as a signal for changing conditions for those other species. But the term is also used to signify their wider public value due to cultural beliefs and affection. How could proposing a Goldcrest Standard affect our totemic understanding of nonhuman species and how we ascribe value to them over time?" (http://www.ambivalency.net/Goldcrest.htm)