Tshering Tobgay: This country isn't just carbon neutral -- it's carbon negative
Acting on his mandate to move Bhutan into the 21st century, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is transforming his nation -- while maintaining its “Gross National Happiness.” Full bio
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what I'm wearing underneath.
that's unique about my country.
carbon neutral is also unique,
to speak about today,
I should set you the context.
in the Himalayas.
we are not Shangri-La.
there are barely 700,000 of us
of the most populated countries on earth,
is because we've been blessed
have worked tirelessly
of good governance.
pronounced that for Bhutan,
than Gross National Product.
is driven by GNH,
that aims to improve the happiness
of the smallest economies in the world.
than two billion dollars.
are worth more --
free school education,
are given free college education.
medical treatment, medicines:
resources very carefully,
to the core mission of GNH,
and we must strengthen it.
from undermining our unique culture
our art and architecture,
our national dress, too.
at the world's biggest pocket.
is under forest cover.
that a minimum of 60 percent
shall remain under forest cover
used this constitution
didn't want democracy.
in the constitution.
to impeach their kings,
that require all our kings to retire
a king in retirement:
is under forest cover,
a carbon neutral country.
with climate change,
in the world today,
2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide,
more than three times that amount,
of carbon dioxide each year.
of the renewable electricity
of carbon dioxide in our neighborhood.
of carbon dioxide.
even half our hydropower potential,
50 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.
of New York generates in one year.
we are a net carbon sink.
and widespread destruction in our country.
was caused by one glacier lake.
of its consequences.
one that is landlocked and mountainous,
on our hands doing nothing.
to remain carbon neutral.
arguing with one another
for causing climate change,
raised our hands and announced,
carbon neutral for all time,"
for all time to come.
was that governments came round together
and act together and work together.
to the very large,
the greenhouse gas emissions.
on Climate Change
intended commitments are kept,
to containing global warming
by two degrees,
are feeling warmer than usual,
keep our commitments.
to remain carbon neutral.
to our rural farmers.
they will no longer have to use firewood
of electric vehicles.
the cost of LED lights,
is trying to go paperless.
through Clean Bhutan, a national program,
throughout our country
of our carbon neutral strategy.
our country is protected,
them all with one another
to roam throughout our country.
at 250 meters above sea level
to prevent poaching, hunting,
who live in those parks
to live in harmony with Mother Nature.
our small economy won't have the resources
to protect our environment.
at least 15 years
all our conservation efforts.
can take over on our own fully.
corporations and institutions,
after predetermined conditions are met
can commit without having to worry
supporting an underfunded plan.
of carbon dioxide at stake.
to protect our parks,
to increase our own funding gradually
guarantees full funding forever.
is our principle partner in this journey,
they are doing in Bhutan
our promise to remain carbon neutral,
our country pristine,
to tell stories, are we?
one more dream that I have.
our leadership and our resources,
to other countries
protected areas for all time.
who face the same issues that we face.
to invest in them now.
the Bhutan For Life throughout the world?
about our planet's future.
to protect our planet together.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERTshering Tobgay - Prime Minister of Bhutan
Acting on his mandate to move Bhutan into the 21st century, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is transforming his nation -- while maintaining its “Gross National Happiness.”
Why you should 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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