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  • Raj Kumar

Implementing the Doughnut Method

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

Ecological components construct the life essences for all living species. From food and housing society to political forums, our global community relies on ecological fundamentals for livability within the societal, economic, and social systems.

“The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing challenges to Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer., and it acts as a compass for human progress this century." -- Kate Raworth, pioneer, Doughnut Economics

The doughnut model encourages radical change in ecological patterns due to degenerative actions conducted by species. The doughnut model, published by Kate Raworth in 2017, illustrates the influence of human economic, societal, and social activities influence on ecological sustainability, leading to a tangible impact on sectors of mankind such as racial and social justice, economic livability, and overall life longevity of mankind.

The model is depicted in a doughnut-shaped sphere portraying 9 planetary boundaries of social foundation on the inner side, beyond which lie unacceptable environmental degradation and potential tipping points in Earth systems as ecological ceilings on the outer part. The centre of the doughnut model symbolizes the shortfall of social foundations while the twelve dimensions of the social foundation are based on the globally recognized minimum social standards outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals by governments worldwide in 2015. Between social and planetary boundaries lies an environmentally safe and socially just space in which humanity can thrive.

The model represents the correlation between mankind's activities on ecological livability by showing that should there be an adaptation in the social foundation, it will lead to a colossal impact on the ecological ceiling as well. The model’s unprecedented interrelation with vital aspects of sustainability showcases that stabilized life sectors are leading to unconventional ecological changes ceasing a rigorous impact on all aspects of life.

Examples of regenerative techniques:

Though there are numerous examples, some are elucidated below:

  • Sustainable food cultivation by citizens of the town in their gardens.

  • Establishment of green schools and campaigns for educating teenagers about environmental consumption.

  • Imposingsustainable water consumption laws.

The doughnut model depicts the idea of a regenerative and distributive culture that involves the revolution of social/racial, economic, and ecological justice. Throughout centuries, species have followed the linear chain of consumerism leading to recreational privileges to indulge in, however, it has also led to vulnerable and irreversible ecological adaptations that can hinder the livability of future generations.

In conclusion, the doughnut model ensures that nobody lacks life's necessities, such as food, housing, healthcare, and political representation, while also ensuring that we do not exceed the Earth's capacity to sustain life.

References - What on Earth is the Doughnut?



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