Trees and economics

A place of shelter and grounding

Trees and economics might not seem like obvious bedfellows at first. Certainly not within our existing dominant economic theories at least. But perhaps we should place them there. Trees are dynamic, distributive, co-operative, networked, regenerative, and embedded. These are all principles that sit at the heart of a new economic mindset, a way of thinking that could bring the world’s economies into a safe and just space for humanity, that can meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet.

Inspired and informed by Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics initiative, Cambridge Doughnut Economics Action Group (CamDEAG) is a community group that seeks to promote an economy based on doughnut principles in Cambridge. Like the Tree Charter, CamDEAG, through co-constructing social and ecological targets for the city, seeks to plant for the future; recover health, hope, and wellbeing; and combat the threats to our habitats through promoting resilience.

By Helen Mulligan; Member of CamDEAG

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