In his inspiring Ted Talk Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares what is important for his country.
Bhutan is renowned for its focus not on GDP but on GNH – gross national happiness. The overall aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of the people. The country also has a holistic approach to development, the environment at the forefront of its mind. Something we all benefit from.
Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, it is carbon negative:
- Bhutan’s constitution demands that a minimum of 60% of the country shall remain under forest cover for all time
- Bhutan currently generates 2.2 million tons of carbon-dioxide per year, yet the forest compensates for 3x that amount
- Most of their renewable energy is being exported, offsetting 6 million tons of CO2 per year
- They aim to raise this number to 17 million tons by 2020
Economic growth is important but must not come from undermining our unique culture or our pristine environment.