The latest “Happy Planet Index” has revealed that Latin America has the greenest and happiest countries whereas the UK comes in at a lowly 74th out of 143 nations surveyed.
Costa Rica tops the list as the greenest and happiest country, with nine of the ten highest-scoring nations in Latin America. But the bigger economies – the US, China and India – were all greener and happier 20 years ago than today. The report, The Happy Planet Index 2.0: Why good lives don’t have to cost the earth, published by the New Economics Foundation, presents the results of the second global compilation of the Happy Planet Index (HPI).
Instead of measuring GDP, index measures life expectancy, happiness and the environmental impact of different nations. Nic Marks, founder of the Centre for Well-being at nef, said: “We need a new compass to guide us.”