From the New Economics Foundation comes the Happy Planet Index 2.0. It’s a fascinating attempt to bring together national footprint measures with happiness indicators…as they put it, the index
shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. … The 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.
Costa Rica gets the top spot. I’ll let you dig into the report to see how your own country performs.
I would be interested to hear what the more economically inclined readers of this blog think of this measure, especially compared to other measures like it. In my Consumption course, I talk about the happiness indicators and have students play with the various footprint calculators, but this provides a slightly different perspective.
(This is my first-ever blog post…apologies in advance for any kinks!)