Wellbeing refers to the quality of a person’s physical/mental, social, material, and existential conditions — or health, relationships, stuff & money, and work/leisure. It also factors in the interdependent conditions of our communities and environment — or public and planetary wellbeing — as these affect our own. So when we talk about “A Good Life for All,” we mean that all of these conditions are strong.
Ecofeminist Vandana Shiva asks the pointed question: What should be the objective of the global economy: freedom of trade or freedom for survival? If the latter, we must change how we think about economics. Ultimately, economics is about people. With people’s wellbeing as our goal, we can reshape our economic activities to reduce social and environmental costs and focus on what’s important: the freedom to survive…or better yet, the freedom to be well.
Eradicating poverty in all its forms is the greatest global challenge we face. To do so, the United Nations set forth 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that developing and industrialized countries alike have committed to achieving by 2030. As global citizens, we can raise awareness about the SDGs and strive to advance them in myriad ways.
Buddhists and ecologists agree that life is interconnected. That means the choices we make everyday affect others, spreading out like ripples in a pond. Yet given the pervasiveness of human suffering and environmental degradation, our collective ripples are doing more harm than good. The good news is that we can reverse this trend. By pairing conscious consumption with creative contributions, we can produce a net positive impact on people and planet…and that’s #GlobalGood.