Renewable Matter # 2 / Numero #2

The Doughnut Economy

Defining a Safe and Just Space for Humanity

by Kate Raworth

The concept of a limit, especially of a physical one to human activities, is still heresy for the economic world. And even the political world seems to be subordinated to the orthodoxy of growth with no nuances or “fine distinctions”. In recent years though, the study of limits has gained new significance, thanks to data analysis advances and the ability to highlight links between environmental, economic and social phenomena. Is this increasing awareness a gift from the present crisis? And what have doughnuts got to do with the space within which we must limit our activities?

 

Between Social Boundaries and Planetary Boundaries

In 2009, a group of leading Earth-system scientists brought together by Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre put forward the concept of planetary boundaries (figure...

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