production, income and expenditure in the economy) with environmental and social
accounts". The European Commission has already adopted many of the report's
Despite such hopeful signs, GDP isn't going to go away any time soon. The ratio of
GDP to national debt may be meaningless, but it looks seductively like real accounting.
Currency traders won't feel well-informed if they express national debt as a multiple of
happiness or green prudence. Producing useful tools for guiding policy - never mind ideal
ones - is going to take a while. But at the very least, exploring the CMEPSP report's
recommendations will promote an interesting social and scientific discussion of what
"sustainable" and "happy" mean to each of us.
Mike Holderness is a writer and editor. He has written reports for the Royal Society,
including The weather turned upside-down? Abrupt Climate Change: Evidence,
mechanisms and implications, and edited the final report of the Information Society
Forum for the European Commission
By Mike Holderness
Journal Title: New Scientist Journal Volume: 204 Journal Year: 2009
From your Ghost Map readings, select two different sentences (paragraph); state them and
discuss how these sentences relate to what we are studying.