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Happiness versus the environment - a case study of Australian lifestyles

Lenzen, Manfred and Cummins, Robert A. 2013, Happiness versus the environment - a case study of Australian lifestyles, Challenges, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 56-74, doi: 10.3390/challe4010056.

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Title Happiness versus the environment - a case study of Australian lifestyles
Author(s) Lenzen, Manfred
Cummins, Robert A.ORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A. orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Journal name Challenges
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 74
Total pages 9
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 2078-1547
Keyword(s) subjective wellbeing
carbon footprint
households
Summary Crafting environmental policies that at the same time enhance, or at least not reduce people's wellbeing, is crucial for the success of government action aimed at mitigating environmental impact. However, there does not yet exist any survey that refers to one and the same population, and that allows the identifying relationships and trade-offs between subjective wellbeing and the complete environmental impact of households. In order to circumvent the lack of comprehensive survey information, we attempt to integrate two separate survey databases, and describe the challenges associated with this integration. Our results indicate that carbon footprints are likely to increase, but wellbeing levels off with increasing income. Living together with people is likely to create a win-win situation where both climate and wellbeing benefit. Car ownership obviously creates emissions, however personal car ownership enhances subjective wellbeing, but living in an area with high car ownership decreases subjective wellbeing. Finally, gaining educational qualifications is linked with increased emissions. These results indicate that policy-making is challenged in striking a wise balance between individual convenience and the common good.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/challe4010056
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056557

Document type: Journal Article
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