The Economics of Happiness

On Friday, March 23rd, the Mission and Service Committee screened the movie “The Economics of Happiness.” Twenty-six folks were in attendance and a lively discussion followed the screening.  The Mission and Service Committee does own a copy of the CD, so if you would like to borrow it, please speak to one of the Mission and Service Committee and we will arrange for you to have it.

As a result of our discussion, the following actions were identified:

  •  Get involved in Town of Ajax’s integrated community sustainability plan development
  • Provide your valuable input!  To get involved please contact:

o   Tracey Chala, Town of Ajax tracey.chala@townofajax.ca        

o   Jeff Garkowski, LURA Consulting jgarkowski@lura.ca

  • Join the Town’s new Environmental group – a small group of volunteers are working on a mandate, terms of reference, name, etc. and will launch the group in the upcoming months.  For more information please contact: Robert Kruchio (r.p.kruchio@gmail.com)  
  • Participate in Green Living Days (http://www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/greenlivingdays.asp)
  • Create a list of local businesses and promote (Mission and Service will take this on)
  • Continue and enhance our small farmers’ market
  • Learn more:

o   http://www.ajax.ca/en/sustainableAjax.asp

o   http://www.anielski.com/

o   www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org

  • Talk about this most important topic with friends and family
  • Be politically engaged – push our politicians at every opportunity to demand more focus on localization and not globalization

To find out more about the movie, watch the movie trailer here:  www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org

 A synopsis of the movie:

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

‘Going local’ is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves