What the heck is Doughnut Economics?

We thought you’d never ask!

In a nutshell, it’s a framework developed by British economist Kate Raworth which measures the performance of an economy by the extent to which the needs of people are met without overshooting Earth’s ecological ceiling. The trick is to find the sweet spot (pardon the pun 😋), where we are meeting the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer.

We want to stay in that nice green ring. The red areas in the image above show where we are currently not doing so great. You can learn more about the concept and find oodles of resources here. Or dip a toe in by watching this 15 minute TED Talk!

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