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Bhutan — The Model Nation for the World



A few weeks back, my cousin recommended I watch a TED talk about Bhutan. He said Bhutan is amazing and it is an incredible model nation. I was suspicious — what could be happening in this rarely mentioned nation that would be of interest? Thankfully I gave the video a shot.


Being an avid Climate Change supporter, while watching the video I was relieved to find out that among the 200 nations globally, at least one, Bhutan, is not only carbon neutral, but actually takes in more carbon than it produces. While overall this isn’t enough progress for our planet, at least Bhutan offers some hope. It provides a model that perhaps other nations could learn from as they continue to create a plan for sustainability.

In addition to Bhutan’s ventures in sustainability, there are many other interesting things happening in Bhutan:


  1. Gross National Happiness (GNH) > Gross National Product (GDP). For Bhutan they measure their country’s success by how happy the nation is. They balance economic development with the overall happiness of the people, the environment, and maintaining their culture. GNH is more important to Bhutan than GDP.

  2. 72% of their nation is under forest cover currently and their constitution demands that a minimum of 60% of their country remains under forest cover for all time.

  3. They are on target to export enough clean energy to off set 50 million tons of carbon dioxide generated in a year. This is more CO2 than what the entire city of New York generates in a year.

  4. They have planted new trees and created new biological corridors to connect their various forests to one another, allowing animals to roam freely throughout the country and not get stuck in a certain area.

  5. They created a transition fund, backed by other countries and organizations, to support various green development projects till their country is financially capable of supporting these projects on their own (instead of just printing money).


Bhutan is an inspiring story. While the issues in larger nations maybe more complex, this shouldn’t resign us to believing that there is no hope for our own country or the world.

Definitely check out the video and share it with others. It’s important that we inspire as many people as possible to imagine a happier, greener and more mindful world.


Definitely check out the video and share it with others. It’s important that we inspire as many people as possible to imagine a happier, greener and more mindful world.



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