Happy Planet Index

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= ubiquitous; accounts for future impact of behavior, utilizing ecological footprint data and Happy Life Years, which measure affluence, security, freedom, social equality, cultural climate, social climate, modernization, population pressure (therefore accounts for impact of past generations).

URL = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Planet_Index


"The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an index of human well-being and environmental impact that was introduced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in July 2006. The index is designed to challenge well-established indices of countries’ development, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI), which are seen as not taking sustainability into account. In particular, GDP is seen as inappropriate, as the usual ultimate aim of most people is not to be rich, but to be happy and healthy.[1] Furthermore, it is believed that the notion of sustainable development requires a measure of the environmental costs of pursuing those goals." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Planet_Index)

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