Climate Summit: “If we measure development in terms of well-being, climate action becomes a priority”

Climate Summit: “If we measure development in terms of well-being, climate action becomes a priority”

  • 24 SEP, 2019

Madrid, 24 September 2019.- 156 countries host more than 5,000 acts against inaction against climate change this day. The mobilization arises from the Fridays for Future movement, driven by young Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, and coincides with the Celebration of the New York Climate Summit.

For World Happiness Fest, the global forum that brings together opinion leaders and well-being experts, this week's mobilizations reflect the need to build a new model of economic development. According to its founder, Luis Gallardo, "we need to reform the system, overcome the growth model based on having and implement a new way of dealing with growth that sinks its roots into who we are." 

“If we use well-being as an indicator of economic development, the protection of the environment, the ecosystem in which we live, becomes directly a profitable activity, a priority, not a commitment”, says Gallardo. 

The World Happiness Fest proposes a paradigm shift that affects the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. Among these actions, it is worth highlighting the action for the climate, which has taken millions of students around the world to the streets these days.

“The actions developed around the world, inspired by the movement led by Greta Thunberg, show how individual change can spread and bring large groups of people into action to achieve great goals”, Gallardo says.