Ecological ceiling

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The inner ring of her donut sets out the minimum we need to lead a good life, derived from the UN’s sustainable development goals and agreed by world leaders of every political stripe. It ranges from food and clean water to a certain level of housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, gender equality, income and political voice. Anyone not attaining such minimum standards is living in the doughnut’s hole.”

The outer ring of the doughnut, where the sprinkles go, represents the ecological ceiling drawn up by earth-system scientists. It highlights the boundaries across which human kind should not go to avoid damaging the climate, soils, oceans, the ozone layer, freshwater and abundant biodiversity.

The world is experiencing a series of shocks and surprise impacts which are enabling us to shift away from the idea of growth to ‘thriving’, Raworth says. “Thriving means our well being lies in balance. We know it so well in the level of our body. This is the moment we are going to connect bodily health to planetary health.”

from “Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy” by Daniel Boffey


From When the crumbs fall

into my cage, I taste

Lorca on my lips. why

had I forgotten

the stars? during

all those summers

the water stroked

my skin as I swam

in the night’s mirror…


from Dust Blown Side of the Journey (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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Photos byEleonore Schönmaier

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