Gaza in the Doughnut

Government leaders, a number of international NGOs, activists of all different stripes, and many more have been scratching their heads to figure out how to help Palestine and the Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Some focus on the politics vis-à-vis Israel, others focus on the economics (jobs, imports, exports), while others are trying to address the social challenges (such as food and shelter). Many of my friends focus on the deteriorating environmental conditions.

The typical response or solution I hear most often from Western politicians and the mainstream media is — “Address the security needs of Israel first and, miraculously, the remaining challenges will be solved.”

With all due respect, they have it backwards. Completely backwards.

No one will live in peace and security until everyone has the basic social foundation for life. No one will have a truly sustainable future until we live within our planetary boundaries.

Israelis may think they can avoid the consequences by building a large “security wall” but that is very short-sighted and they’re only condemning themselves to a future of growing insecurity and instability.

Kate Raworth’s doughnut captures my point. Or, more honestly, my thinking was directly influenced by her doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.

Watch her TedTalk and let me know if you agree. I’d like to hear some feedback.





Filed under Climate Change, Economic Development, Environment, Gaza, Israel, People, Video

2 responses to “Gaza in the Doughnut

  1. Linda Moscarella

    Yes, yes, and yes to Kate Haworth’s expansion of economic thinking. Actually Germany has done something which is a start (more than the rest of us). They have workers represented on corporate boards. If they included those who help the young and old and disabled in unpaid service they would be another step along the way. If these voices were included in economics textbooks and teaching it would bring us closer to the goal. Kate’s proposal is a feminine approach and letting the feminine into economic thinking is another way of putting it.

    • Thanks Linda ….. I hadn’t thought of it that way … putting the feminine into economics. I think she has put Mother Earth into Economics …. and so there’s a feminine twist to it. 🙂 Hope you are well and enjoying winter snow. No snow in Cairo.

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