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Riches won't make you happy, but a greener economy might - The Ecologist

Riches won't make you happy, but a greener economy might - The Ecologist

A priority must now be to create opportunities for alternative, divergent ways of living, as the current material culture has failed, and continues to fail, both the rich and the poor. Over the past 45 years, the world's population has doubled to seven billion people, and the world's economy has grown almost four-fold, from US$11.2 trillion to US$42.5 trillion, according to the World Bank . Thus GDP per capita has almost doubled - so we should be twice better off, in terms of health, wealth and happiness, than in the 1960s. Certainly we are by some measures healthier: mean life expectancy has risen from 56 to 70 years, driven by a two-thirds drop in child mortality, from 153 to 51 per 1,000 live births. The have-nots, and the have-too-muchs But these advances have come at a cost, borne by the natural world whose resources and vitality have been depleted. And they have been...

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