The Inspiring Story of Bhutan

This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral — It’s Carbon Negative

In an inspiring TED talk, Bhutan’s Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, talks about how this quaint country has not just kept its promise to remain carbon neutral but stand as the most carbon negative country in the world. He lays special emphasis on Bhutan’s aim to put happiness before economic growth.

Why listen?

Tshering Tobgay went from civil servant to politician to prime minister — all the while maintaining his star social media profile in one of Asia’s most progressive emerging states. As the second democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tobgay continues to emphasize his country’s core value of happiness.

Bhutan’s acclaimed “Gross National Happiness” index prioritizes well-being over financial growth. But Tobgay also seeks to solve Bhutan’s great challenges: unemployment, poverty, gaps in education and infrastructure. With a foundation of optimism, his administration and the country’s young democracy hope to become a paragon of stability in the developing world.

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