Bhutan is carbon negative

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.

A monastery in Bhutan's breathtaking landscapeA clean city in Bhutan

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