- 1. Since 1970, the UK's GDP has doubled, but people's satisfaction with life has hardly changed.
- 2. 81% of Britons believe that the Government should prioritise creating the greatest happiness, not the greatest wealth.3. Inequality makes life worse for everyone in society, not just the poor. Inequality in UK is wider now than at any time in the past forty years, and social mobility is flat.4. Gordon Brown has claimed that around 10 per cent of the UK package to stimulate the economy was directed towards "environmentally important technologies". But Greenpeace shows, new funding for greening the economy amounts to just 0.6 per cent of the UK’s total stimulus package.
(facts - June 2010)For interactive maps on national accounts of well-being and health.
To measure your own well-being here.nef's Happy Planet Index is an innovative measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is created around the world.
It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives.
The Index doesn’t reveal the ‘happiest’ country in the world. It shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet’s natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The nations that top the Index demonstrate that it is possible to achieve high life satisfation and long life expectancy without over-stretching the planet’s resources.
for an all-out study, different sources, in globalsociology.com
November 4th, 2010 by SocProf and tagged Development, Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social StratificationSo, it’s that time of the year when the new UN Human Development Report (2010) comes out, with its recent measurement and trends. Some of this stuff is never truly surprising, such as the overall rankings: