The (un)happy planet index

Road to happiness

Is Earth happy? Not too much, according to The Happy Planet Index, an innovative measurement that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. It combines environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives.

The index doesn't reveal the "happiest country in the world", but it shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet's natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The report, published in 2009, shows that we are still far from achieving sustainable well-being: around the world, high levels of resources consumption don't reliably produce high levels of well-being. But it's possible to produce high well-being without excessive consumption of the Earth's resources.

The report is a part of the researches developed within the NEF – New Economics Foundation, an independent think-and-do thank that believes in economics as if people and the planet mattered.

Scarica Happy Planet Index 2.0 by New Economics Foundation, 2009