Big Picture Activism

The Economics of Happiness

Localization coverThis piece is excerpted from Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness, a new publication from Local Futures, which will be launched at Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis on November 8, 2014.

By Helena Norberg-Hodge

Despite the countless grassroots projects already under way, the global economic juggernaut can seem too powerful to stop. But because more and more of us are becoming aware of how disastrous the global economy is for people and the planet, I believe that the chances for meaningful change are greater today than ever before.

The environmental costs of the current system have been obvious for quite some time; now the social consequences, too, are becoming more apparent. The gap between rich and poor is escalating to obscene proportions; most people are seeing their real incomes decline, and must work longer hours just to cover basic needs. Governments – many…

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