Donut Economics: A New Way to Look at Climate Change

DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS:7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth. Members at LWVBAE Program Planning meeting in February, 2018 approved the vision to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet which is drawn in the following Doughnut Economics graphic.

“What on Earth is the Doughnut?…

Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet 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. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries (2017)”

Scroll down to the doughnut and rest of the quote from the above. Here is the link, in case you need it.

What on Earth is the Doughnut?…

“The environmental ceiling consists of nine planetary boundaries, as set out by Rockstrom et al, beyond which lie unacceptable environmental degradation and potential tipping points in Earth systems. The twelve dimensions of the social foundation are derived from internationally agreed minimum social standards, as identified by the world’s governments in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Between social and planetary boundaries lies an environmentally safe and socially just space in which humanity can thrive.”



“How would you explain 21st century economics in just a minute? I’ve (Kate Raworth) had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best stop-motion animators to bring new economic thinking to life on screen. Please feel free to show them in the classroom, in workshops, in public talks, and to share them widely on social media. And if you’d like to help translate them into as many languages as possible, join the team.”

Follow this link to view the 1 minute animations.

Below are the animation topics.

“1. Change the Goal

From GDP to the Doughnut

  1. Tell a New Story

From the neoliberal narrative to a story fit for our times

  1. Nurture Human Nature

From rational economic man to social adaptable humans

  1. Get Savvy with Systems

From mechanical equilibrium to dynamic complexity

  1. Design to Distribute

From ‘growth will even it up again’ to distributive by design

  1. Create to Regenerate

From ‘growth will clean it up again’ to regenerative by design

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  1. Be Agnostic about Growth – COMING SOON

From growth addicted to growth agnostic

And now…It’s Time for Planetary Economics

Why it’s time to think big about the economy”-one more wrap it up animation!

Working together we can survive in the Doughnut, a safe place for humanity to live.


Jan BlumenkrantzJanice Blumenkrantz, 2018
Founding Member of the Climate Change Team, LWVBAE


Coming in the next issue: Dare to Doughnut!!!