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Lessons from Scandinavia

part of the greening the economy series


How can we live a good life on one planet with over seven billion people?


This course explores greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation. It examines the relationships between these levels and give many practical examples of the complexities and solutions across the levels. Scandinavia, a pioneering place advancing sustainability and combating climate change, is a unique starting point for learning about greening the economy. 

The course highlights a number of initiatives attempted in Scandinavia since the 1970s, which are all potentially helpful and useful for other countries and contexts and which can also shed some light on lessons to be learned. 

Week 1: Introduction. In this week we look at the key issues that a green economy seeks to add­ress and the underlying concepts and definitions of a greener economy.

Week 2: Individual choices. In this week look at the individual level and how individual choices can help or hinder progress towards a green economy.

Week 3: Business strategies. This week discusses the business level and how companies and organi­sations can choose strategies that can help transitions to a green economy.

Week 4: Sustainable cities. In this week we look at how planning and designing cities can help achieve a green economy and underpin sustainable development.

Week 5: National policies. This week focuses on how national governments can establish policies to promote a greener economy across the different levels.

  • In total 40 films and 8 instructors.
  • 5 weeks duration, approximately 5 hours of course work per week.
  • You may transfer to later sessions to extend the course.



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