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Doughnut Economics Action Lab


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 1 minute, 26 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

Change the Goal - Doughnut Economics

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  • This brief video discusses the environmental and socioeconomic downsides of the current GDP-focused global economy and introduces the concept of a thriving economy within the ecological boundaries of the planet.
  • Students will learn that the doughnut economic model provides for the social well-being of all people while protecting the Earth's natural resources. 
Teaching Tips


  • This short video will give students a perfect introduction to the goals of doughnut economics.
  • Visual learners will appreciate the easy-to-understand illustrations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms GDP, ecological, and biodiversity.
  • Because the video is fast-paced, teachers may wish to share the image of the doughnut model with students before showing the video.


  • Economics, social studies, or ethics classes could write a reflection paragraph after watching the video and discuss what type of economic mindset would allow the world to stay within the confines of the ecological ceiling and the social foundation.
  • Science classes could discuss economic decisions that have damaged the natural world. Students could discuss the solutions required to meet the social needs of all people while protecting the Earth's natural resources and biodiversity.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video lecture on doughnut economics by Kate Raworth, these presentation slides on doughnut economics, and this interactive resource from the University of Leeds on social well-being and sustainability.
Scientist Notes
The resource captures the role of the doughnut economy in transforming global economic realities in the 21st century. The concept is effective when applied in a social system. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.b.h Evaluate how incentives determine what is produced and distributed in a competitive market system.
      • SS.Econ4.c.h Evaluate types of taxes (i.e., progressive, regressive) and earned benefits with eligibility criteria (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). Justify the selection of fiscal and monetary policies in expanding or contracting the economy.
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