New Data: UK ranks 14th on the Happy Planet Index to become highest scoring G7 country
Leading Global Measure of Sustainable Wellbeing Shows Good Lives Don’t Have to Cost The Earth
The UK landed at number 14 out of 152 countries, scoring highly for wellbeing and life expectancy. The UK ranking improved by two places since 2018 – largely as a result of successful steps to reduce ecological footprint by replacing fossil fuels with renewable resources – becoming the highest ranking G7 nation.
The Happy Planet Index turns the old world order on its head by highlighting how rich Western nations are often inefficient at creating wellbeing for their people. Costa Rica has again been ranked in first place for a fourth time due to its commitment to health, education and environmental protection. In contrast, the USA was placed as the lowest scoring G7 nation at 122nd place, ranking low on both wellbeing and ecological footprint.
The Happy Planet Index measures ‘efficiency’ using three indicators – wellbeing, life expectancy and ecological footprint. It was created by statistician Nic Marks, who said:
“Promoting human happiness doesn’t have to be at odds with creating a sustainable future. The HPI’s mantra is that good lives don’t have to cost the earth, and after 15 years of rankings, this feels more relevant and timely than ever.”
Countries that rank highly on the Happy Planet Index show that it is possible to live long, happy lives with a much smaller ecological footprint than found in the highest-consuming nations.
The full Happy Planet Index rankings are available to view at https://happyplanetindex.org/. Users can also take their own personal test to see what country they are most like, and reflect on how they can create their own “good life that doesn’t cost the earth.”
Nic Marks is available for interview, comment and articles to discuss the new data.
For further information or to speak to the founder of the Happy Planet Index, Nic Marks, please contact:
Natalie Connors – email@example.com
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