I have an idea for a new monetary system. 'Money' will be issued to people and businesses based on a system of credits-and-debits. People will receive 'credits' for everything they do that benefits the environment, from growing their own vegetables, to recycling, to offering services that support the community such as teaching, nursing, home-making, park maintenance, art, music and so on, and the same people will also receive debits for things they do that destroy the environment: for example, musicians today almost all have to use a lot of electronic equipment for which they would be issued some small number of debits. Large businesses that discharge toxins into our rivers will receive huge debits, even though they may be receiving credits for the products they are making. That ought to cut into their 'profit margins!' - and hopefully inspire them to make some necessary changes. Similarly, businesses that produce a lot of paper waste will receive debits but businesses that produce plastic or other non-biodegradable materials will be issued major debits. Companies that produce useful products, such as underwear, or cookwear, or appliances, and who also use biodegradable packaging will receive additional credits.
We could still have a capitalistic society but there would be greater incentive to be environmentally sound in business practices.
What do you think?