Wellbeing economy: Putting health before wealth

The climate summit is a chance to reshape the world for the better, write Amanda Janoo, Jack Barrie, Ruth Townend and Lisa Hough-Stewart

The World Today Published 1 October 2021 Updated 4 October 2021 2 minute READ

For decades, global integration has been guided by the pursuit of economic growth. Progress and development have been defined by our level of gross domestic product, and the world has worked tirelessly to develop global systems that could generate wealth as efficiently as possible from the labor of people and resources of the planet.

Over half of the people in the world now believe the current economic system is doing more harm than good, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer survey. Among G20 countries, 74 per cent of the public now wants their country’s economic priorities to move beyond wealth generation to focus more on human wellbeing and ecological protection, according to the Global Commons Alliance.

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