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Please Move To Costarica (And It Won’t Be Enough…)

The nef people have just told us that “good lives don’t have to cost the Earth” in their 2009 “The (un)Happy Planet Index 2.0” report.

Or do they? Top of the list comes Costarica, a wonderful country if you ask me, the best place on Earth to live in if you don’t want to be poor, have your life cut short or live iwth a gian ecological footprint. But alas that is not enough:

Costa Rica narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ‘one-planet living’

Unbelievable, isn’t it? On a positive note, nef acknowledges that previous “Happiness” measurements were a tad too fundamentalist, with that paradise called Haiti ranked first, despite its murder rate, abysmal poverty, garbage-built shanty towns, etc etc

The country with the highest I based on the data for 2005, would be Haiti – which has very poor levels of life satisfaction and life expectancy, but the smallest ecological footprint: 0.5 gha

Anyway…let’s wait until nef moves its HQ from London to somewhere near San José, shall we…

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  1. George Carty
    2009/07/08 at 07:31

    On a positive note, nef acknowledges that previous “Happiness” measurements were a tad too fundamentalist, with that paradise called Haiti ranked first, despite its murder rate, abysmal poverty, garbage-built shanty towns, etc etc

    I don’t think nef’s Happy Planet index amounts to happiness, but rather to happiness divided by GDP.

    Anyway, aren’t there close links between nef and the Optimum Population Trust?

    • 2009/07/08 at 07:43

      Would be strange…Haiti is definitely not the ideal place for the OPT…

  2. Luke Warmer
    2009/07/07 at 09:39

    Ah this happiness meme – all the way back to Bhutan’s GnH measure.

    In terms of Costa Rica, the report (p.28) says:
    “Its welfare state, one of the most developed outside Scandinavia, must deal with an economic system that produces high levels of inequality, and almost 10 per cent of the population live on under $2- a-day.”

    Yet before that they have said “the proportion of people living on less than $2-a-day is lower than in Romania – an EU member.”

    It doesn’t sound right that more than 10% of Romanians live on less than $2 per day?

    I also find it bizarrely religious to talk of the planet being happy – on top of just plain anthropomorphism. And this is a platitude:

    “It is possible to have a good life without costing the Earth.”

    What do they mean by ‘good’ and who decides? As for “costing the Earth”, well…

  3. Erasmussimo
    2009/07/06 at 18:10

    OK, I’m confused by your response to the statement

    “Costa Rica narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ‘one-planet living’“

    Unbelievable, isn’t it?

    Are you saying that Costa Rica fails broadly to achieve the goal of ‘one-planet living’, or are you saying that Costa Rica does achieve the goal of ‘one-planet’ living?

    • 2009/07/06 at 19:56

      I am saying that after much huffing and puffing, nef has identified the most virtuous place to be in the world, and still that very same place fails (narrowly, but still…) the “one-planet living” mantra. I think that pretty much invalidates their effort to demonstrate that “one-planet” is compatible to be any better than Haiti 😎

  1. 2009/07/09 at 00:37

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