Green Economics- How to Build a Sustainable Future

Ref: C3680202

Ours is the first generation to properly understand the damage we have been doing to our planet, and probably the last generation with the chance to do something about it. Economics dominates our behaviour, but today’s economy is damaging nature’s life-giving systems – in this course we will look at how to turn this around. There are many positive things that can be done, including redesigning cities and whole economies so that they contribute to nature’s life-giving properties, rather than destroying them. By changing our emphasis away from an economy which needs to grow at any cost, to one that makes us thrive whether it grows or not, we will live more in harmony with our environment, of which we are an integral part. Finance and taxation can be redesigned so it becomes sound business practice to nurture ecosystems rather than damage them. We will look at ways to judge success by social, ecological and cultural, as well as financial measures.

Course aim

What changes need to be made to have an economy that sustains human life? How can we make these changes? This course attempts to answer these questions and others. Suitable for those who have or have not studied economics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify how the economy is deeply embedded in the environment
  • Describe how industrial activity can work more in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems
  • Describe at least two ways cities can be designed to minimise their environmental impact
  • Identify how at least two of the fundamental assumptions behind mainstream economics are flawed
  • Identify various organisational responses to practices that are damaging the Earth’s ability to sustain human life

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There is nothing you need to know. There is nothing you need to bring.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Green Economics- How to Build a Sustainable Future

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