2. Plan Ahead
3. Happiness Matters
The Way Forward
- With an area of forest the size of Alabama lost each year, the world must act to preserve existing forests and to reforest degraded areas. On an individual level you can act to plant trees, either in your own yard or in public spaces with a certified organization.
- Industrialized nations should invest in the future of developing nations, specifically in sustainable development, renewable resources, and green infrastructure to avoid increased carbon emissions as developing nations grow. You can invest in your own future by opting for energy efficient appliances and rooftop solar panels. They may be more expensive up front, but they pay off in the long run.
- Finally, a focus on multiple societal metrics rather than just economic growth has greatly improved the prospect for environmental conservation as well as overall happiness in Bhutan. Other countries could benefit from a more holistic approach to policy decisions, and should consider adopting GNH as a companion metric to GDP.
- Source: Orion McCarthy for CONSERVE