February 3, 2020
Minister of Iceland
Prime Minister of Iceland
Katrin Jakobsdottir is now
urging governments to prioritize sustainability and family time over
obsessing about economic growth - as most "developed" nations seem to
...have teamed up with
Iceland's PM to promote an agenda focused on "well-being."
Jakobsdottir has called for,
future based on well-being and inclusive growth."
She feels that new social
indicators are needed outside of the traditional Gross Domestic
It's About Time
You'd think that the overall well-being of a nation, extreme regard
to protecting the environment, and working towards global
sustainability would be the top priorities for all nations of the
However, for the most part, it is all about the economy:
how can we
support the economy?
how can we grow
how can we
protect the economy...?
I love the following
Cree Indian proverb, it fits
"When the last tree
has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river
poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."
It's about time someone
started standing up for the people and the planet, and this stance
is sure to turn some heads.
Back in August, Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland, made a plea
during a TED Talk for modern economies to consider,
"Iceland uses more
antidepressants than neighboring countries," she said. "We need
to strengthen prevention [of depression], through sports and the
This is an amazing
initiative put forth by leaders of these nations to do whatever it
takes to support the citizens who are struggling with mental health
disorders, particularly depression.
They are able to see that
the most important thing is not economic growth,
what difference does
that make if so many people are unhappy...?