CARBON NEUTRAL STATE
Sustainability can be expressed through different forms of commitment. The small Bhutan State is a carbon neutral country.
"Our constitution demands that a minimum of 60% of Bhutan's total land shall remain under forest cover..."
Video from: https://www.ted.com/talks/tshering_tobgay_this_country_isn_t_just_carbon_neutral_it_s_carbon_negative/transcript#t-474367
In an illuminating TED Talk, the Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares the importance of "Gross National Happiness," made of radical and sustainable choices, in dissonance with a global brakeless economy that seems not to see and hear the earth's and people’s needs.
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" The reality is that we are a small, underdeveloped country doing our best to survive. But we are doing OK. We are surviving. In fact, we are thriving, and the reason we are thriving is because we've been blessed with extraordinary kings. Our enlightened monarchs have worked tirelessly to develop our country, balancing economic growth carefully with social development, environmental sustainability and cultural preservation, all within the framework of good governance. We call this holistic approach to development "Gross National Happiness," or GNH. Back in the 1970s, our fourth king famously pronounced that for Bhutan, Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.
Education is completely free ...Healthcare is also completely free... Economic growth is important, but that economic growth must not come from undermining our unique culture or our pristine environment..
Today, our culture is flourishing. We continue to celebrate our art and architecture, food and festivals, monks and monasteries....
So our culture is flourishing, but so is our environment. . The 72% percent of my country is under forest cover . Our constitution demands that a minimum of 60 percent of Bhutan's total land shall remain under forest cover for all time...... That's why we are one of the few remaining global biodiversity hotspots in the world, and that's why we are a carbon neutral country. In a world that is threatened with climate change, we are a carbon neutral country. "