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Geography of Well-Being

Geography of well-being

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.

—John Locke

Although Locke's words refer to individual human beings, by analogy one could argue that a similar holistic dependency exists between the earth's human population and the global ecosystem. Humans must achieve a sustainable relationship with the global ecosystem or the well-being of both suffers.

This chapter draws on diverse sources to explore the meaning and significance of the geography of well-being. Geographers are not unique in studying how human welfare is affected by environmental changes ...

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