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Mexico Leader in Well-Being and Ecological Efficiency:HPI 2010!

15 September 2010 No Comment

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an index created by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and 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.

Regardless of the superficiality that its name could evoke, the HPI does not measure how “happy” people are in each country, but it shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet’s natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens, not only accounting for economic production but also for: 1) health and life expectancy, 2) ecological footprint that the economy of a specific country generates in the world and its use of natural resources, and 3) the degree of satisfaction of its inhabitants.

In its 2010 version Mexico repeats last year´s position in a top tier 23rd place out of a study of 142 countries in the world on the happiness index. This speaks a lot about effective management of economic production, country development goals, and the rational use of nonrenewable natural resources. Mexico has shown significant improvement and positive trend in the last six years moving from an index of 41.4 to 56.7 because of a great effort in ecological footprint. For instance, highly developed and rich European countries like Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden, surprisingly have respectively 51st, 52nd, and 53rd places, mainly due to the intensive use and deployment over natural resources.  This is also the case of the USA which is ranked in 114th place.

The surprising result is Latin America. It is an example for a sustainable planet contributing with nine out of the top ten HPI performers. Within Latin America, Mexico is a mid table country in the HPI but when compared to the world’s richest economies in the world, Mexico is on the second place just after Saudi Arabia. Mexico has been able to manage the size of its economy and its large population well enough to be among the top players in the world.

How can a country with citizens who live longer, happier, and with less depletion of natural resources than most of the world could be consider having a failed State? It is time to acknowledge what Mexico has achieved for its own people well being and the contribution to the world and its sustainable development. Thank you Mexico.

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