New Economics Foundation uses Ecological Footprint in New National Happiness Index
The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an innovative new measure from the New Economics Foundation, a Global Footprint Network partner, that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. The HPI and accompanying report reveal that happiness doesn't have to cost the Earth. The Happy Planet Index combines environmental impact - measured through the Ecological Footprint - with well-being to guage the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives. It shows that people can live long, happy lives without necessarily having high Footprints.
With the Ecological Footprint tool, the The Happy Planet Index strips the view of the economy back to its absolute basics: what we put in (resources), and what comes out (human lives of different length and happiness). The resulting Index is calculated for 178 nations for which data is available.
The resulting international ranking of the environmental impact and well-being reveals a new picture of the wealth, and poverty, of nations. The Happy Planet Index doesn't reveal the 'happiest' country in the world. It shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet's natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The nations that top the Index aren't the happiest places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achieving, long, happy lives without over-stretching the planet's resources is possible.
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