So, being a full-time writer and curious by nature means that I often find myself going down some pretty deep rabbit holes in the Interwebs. (Please tell me you do that sometimes too?)
On one of my recent deep dives, I came across new research that calls for using human well-being as a metric for setting climate change policy. The index is called “Years of Good Life” or YoGL.
Today, most climate change agreements work like this: “If we do X (set the warming limits at 2°C, for example), then we will avoid Y (flooding from rising sea levels that will cost the global economy trillions of dollars every year).
But the Austrian researchers who came up with YoGL say that climate change mitigation policies should not only be focused on the future economic impact of global warming.
Instead YoGL researchers argue that by studying a population’s quality of life now (based on factors including education, longevity, health, income, and life satisfaction), we can predict how climate change might lead to a decrease in “Years of Good Life” for future generations. That type of inclusive modelling can then empower policymakers to make more informed (and more humane) decisions.
Mind blown. This is the new frontier of sustainability science!
Though this kind of human-centric metric gives me hope for the future, there’s no way of knowing if and when economists might start trying to use YoGL to balance sustainability with economic growth.
Until they do, you’ll find me trying my best to live more sustainably, researching what more I can do, and working hard to give myself—and the planet—more “Years of Good Life”.
If you’re also in the same boat, you might be interested to know that etee is offering up some rare savings: Up to 70% off! Okay, wait, how does a sale tie into the YoGL? Well, it’s become our fundamental belief that in order to make a change, products need to be accessible to more people. That’s hard when you are constantly developing and innovating. And so—from time to time—etee likes to offer big sales so that everyone has a chance to live more sustainably. The more people that use our stuff, the more impact we make—and the greater YoGL.
The storewide sale features everything from newly launched products like Fluoride Chewpaste and Concentrated Cleaners to all-time favourites like Silk Dental Floss and Bamboo Toothbrushes.
Get in on the deals before the sale ends on April 2nd!
Live well, be well,
Chantal and the entire etee crew