A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: Can we live within the doughnut?
Discussion paper published by Oxfam 13 Feb 2012
Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to eradicate poverty and achieve prosperity for all within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources. In the run-up to Rio+20, this discussion paper presents a visual framework – shaped like a doughnut – which brings planetary boundaries together with social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive. Moving into this space demands far greater equity – within and between countries – in the use of natural resources, and far greater efficiency in transforming those resources to meet human needs.
Is protecting the environment incompatible with social justice?
George Monbiot discusses the question in the light of the Oxfam report
Those who consume far more resources than they require destroy the life chances of those whose survival depends upon consuming more. As Gandhi said, the Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need but not everyone’s greed.
Living within the donut of social and environmental justice
Green MP Gareth Hughes looks at these issues within a New Zealand context
As I responded to Joyce it’s not about false choices, balance, or ‘can’ts’, it’s about ‘won’ts’; the Government and many worldwide won’t make common-sense decisions to promote equity or protect the natural environment. We don’t have to ‘balance’ poverty against wrecking our natural environment – we can choose renewable energy, clean-tech jobs, increasing conservation, smart transport, and sustainable business, helping people and planet. The Greens know this and that’s why the donut is embedded in our Charter.