Gross National Happiness Commission - The Planning Commission of Bhutan, Development for Happiness Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights with equal status for Mother Earth | Environment Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry. The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. "It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said Vice-President Alvaro García Linera. But the abstract new laws are not expected to stop industry in its tracks.
United States How’s Life? The United States performs very well in overall measures of well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index. Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In the United States, the average household net-adjusted disposable income is 38 001 USD a year, more than the OECD average of 23 047 USD a year. In terms of employment, 67% of people aged 15 to 64 in the United States have a paid job, slightly above the OECD employment average of 66%. Having a good education is an important requisite for finding a job. In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in the United States is almost 79 years, one year lower than the OECD average of 80 years.
A World Without People - In Focus For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have recently evacuated or otherwise abandoned a number of places around the world -- large and small, old and new. Gathering images of deserted areas into a single photo essay, one can get a sense of what the world might look like if humans were to vanish from the planet altogether. Collected here are recent scenes from nuclear-exclusion zones, blighted urban neighborhoods, towns where residents left to escape violence, unsold developments built during the real estate boom, ghost towns, and more. [41 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: A tree grows from the top of a chimney in an abandoned factory yard in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, on October 2 , 2011. A bust of Confucius rests at an abandoned workshop in the town of Dangcheng in Quyang county, 240 km (150 miles) southwest of Beijing, on December 7, 2011. Ivy grows over a street in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northeastern Japan, on August 19, 2011.
How Happy Is Bhutan, Really? Gross National Happiness Unpacked Mandy/CC BY 2.0 If you haven't already read, in the run-up to the Rio+20 environmental conference (the event roughly six weeks away now) the UN has been highlighting the importance of moving beyond GDP as the end-all-be-all measurement of national progress. Towards that it's highlighting the World Happiness Report, with the research done by the folks at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Hidden away at the end of that report (the entirety of which is worth reading, for those of the appropriately wonky inclination), is a case study of Bhutan and its development of the Gross National Happiness metric. Here at TreeHugger we've mentioned this many times, in cataloguing all the better and greener ways of measuring the economy than GDP, and GNH has a certain cache within the green movement and social justice movement more broadly. As far as how GNH is defined, the report says that though there is no single definition, the most widely used definition is: So what's the tally?
PANTHEISM: the World Pantheist Movement Les Johnson : un couple, deux enfants et zéro déchet depuis trois ans La famille Johnson - @ Thomas J. Story Béa Johnson et sa famille sont connus Outre Atlantique pour un défi qu’ils relèvent depuis trois ans : vivre sans générer de déchets. Pourquoi ce choix ? Comment s’organise leur quotidien ? Alors que la semaine de réduction des déchets se termine aujourd'hui, j’ai voulu en savoir plus. Une consommation vide de sens Béa Johnson est française. C’est alors qu’elle persuade son mari de déménager, d’aller vivre à l’extérieur de cette immense agglomération qu'est San Francisco : ils choisissent Mill Valley, dans la banlieue nord, à côté de Sausalito. Avec le temps, Béa Johnson s’enrichit de ce dont elle s’allège. Un quotidien sans déchet Forts de cette prise de conscience, les Johnson commencent à s’informer et à se documenter sur l’écologie, le désencombrement, la sobriété heureuse. Au quotidien, ils revoient leurs habitudes, scrutant chaque détail, évaluant chaque besoin, raisonnant chaque envie. Refuser avant tout De quoi vous inspirer ?
Save the Sacred Headwaters by Wade Davis | Our Living Water In a rugged knot of mountains in the remote reaches of northern British Columbia lies a stunningly beautiful valley known to the First Nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, on the southern edge of the Spatsizi Wilderness, the Serengeti of Canada, are born in remarkably close proximity three of Canada’s most important salmon rivers, the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass. In a long day, perhaps two, it is possible to walk through open meadows, following the tracks of grizzly, caribou and wolf, and drink from the very sources of the three rivers that inspired so many of the great cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the Gitxsan and Wet’sutwet’en, the Carrier and Sekani, the Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Tahltan, Haisla and Tlinglit. The only other place I know where such a wonder of geography occurs is in Tibet, where from the base of Mount Kailas arise three of the great rivers of Asia, the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra, vital arteries that bring life to more than a billion people downstream.
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