Money isn’t happiness — but can environmentalism bring more joy? The link between a greener lifestyle and greener happiness is one many environmentalists are exploring right now, with initiatives like the No Impact Experiment inviting people to discover how sustainable living can bring more sustainable joys.
One of the most moving books I’ve read that connect a greener, more community-oriented economy to increased levels of happiness is “Deep Economy” by Bill McKibben — so it’s no surprise Bill’s the first voice you hear on the trailer for “The Economics of Happiness,” a new documentary that links “going local” to greater happiness.
“The Economics of Happiness” describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.