If you’re wondering what the heck a Devon Doughnut is, you can see Kate Raworth explain Doughnut Economics in her TedTalk here, and find out who else is making Doughnuts and how they are going about it on the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) resource site here.

The Doughnut is a visual framework. It brings together humanity’s social foundation and the ecological ceiling in the same picture, showing that ‘the safe and just space for humanity’ lies in balance between the two. It has gained traction around the world for the way in which it links the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s planetary boundaries and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into a coherent framework for an economy in line with the Paris Agreement. We are co-designing the Devon Doughnut in order to translate this model into a place-specific long-term economic strategy on the ground.

The Doughnut does not dictate how to go about making one, or using one. It raises lots of questions for communities to consider and presents a common way for people to frame the ecological and economic challenges that we all face. It’s all about the process of deciding what’s useful for us to know about the health of the places we call home so we understand better why and how to take local action. It’s an assessment tool that might help us tackle the big issues we’re facing.

The big picture… Climate impact scholar Johan Rockström tells us, “For the first time we are at real risk of destabilizing our planet.” Have a look at his TedTalk. He shows how nine out of the 15 big biophysical systems that regulate the climate–from the permafrost of Siberia to the great forests of the North to the Amazon rainforest–are at risk of reaching tipping points, which could make Earth uninhabitable for humanity. He describes his plan for putting the planet back on the path of sustainability over the next 10 years–and protecting the future of our children.

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