Doughnut Economics – Review

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, April 2017. Random House, ISBN 978-1847941374, 384 pages. RRP £20.00 (hardback). Also available in Kindle, with paperback release in March 2018.

Doughnut Economics offers a new vision: an inner ring of social foundation and an outer ring of planetary limits. Between the two lies a sensible, sustainable territory: a place of enough where humanity can prosper and thrive. The outer limits include climate change, acidification of seas, chemical pollution, nitrogen and phosphorus loading, intensified use of freshwater, changes in land use, biodiversity loss, air pollution and damage to the ozone layer. The inner ring opportunities include food, health, education, access to water and sanitation, and networks of gender equality, political expression and peace and justice.

This is not a religious book, nor is it a wholly green text. The concepts are important and clearly show how the economy must be contained within the ecology of the planet that inevitably frames our future. It is also a book for the practical religious, offering us new ways of seeing the opportunities and challenges of the future. Can we change, bringing about a more equal world based upon the common good, not only between human beings but also between humans and the natural world that supports us, and to which we owe a debt of reconciliation? This is a practical and understandable “how to do it” book: personally, politically, regionally and globally.  I cannot recommend it more highly.

John Smith

 

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