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Boost health, well-being and prosperity - not economic growth! The Ecologist

Boost health, well-being and prosperity - not economic growth! The Ecologist

A substantial financial dividend could be released by a greener and healthier economy. Instead of encouraging material growth and consumption, we should consume in a way that is environmentally sustainable. Increases in gross domestic product (GDP) beyond a threshold of basic needs do not lead to further increases in well-being - this is widely supported by research . We also know that indefinite economic growth is impossible in a finite world . Yet conventional economic growth driven by escalating material consumption remains a primary goal of government policy around the world. If we want to see well-being and health improve, policies that promote a greener economy should be pursued. Redefining what we think of as prosperity, encouraging the consumption of green goods and services - and moving away from an emphasis on material consumption - could save governments money, ...

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