A WARNING has been issued about the downsides of constant economic growth.
Pippa Bartolotti, leader of Wales Green Party, said there was a flip side to the message from "politicians of almost every hue" that "growth will be the salvation of all our ills".
"Growth has brought us pollution, pesticides and unnatural farming methods," she said.
"It is devastating many species such as skylarks and butterflies to name but two in a long, long list of threatened wildlife.
"Growth for the sake of growth is harming us. No, we do not need to grow the economy. It is big enough, fat enough and greedy enough already."
A report published this year by 26 wildlife organisations highlighted a steep decline in many native British species, although there were some success stories. The foreword to the report, State of Nature, was penned by Sir David Attenborough.
Ms Bartolotti said the environment was an "essential" which must be looked after for future generations, not a "luxury".
"What we do need to do is to stop and take stock of where we have gone wrong, and put it right quickly," she said.