Tarjontapuolen ilmastopolitiikka

Briefly in English: Significant amounts of fossil fuels need to be left untapped to meet the climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Most climate policies focus on reducing demand for fossil fuels. Supplementing these policies by limiting fossil fuel supply offers a promising way to influence emissions also in countries with looser climate regulations.

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Sustainability competences and pedagogical approaches in higher education

By Rodrigo Lozano and Janna Pietikäinen

Introducing a recently published book with insights from 15 institutions worldwide

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been major agents of social change and important drivers of sustainability. HEIs are actively designing and refining their teaching and research, as well as their activities, strategies, and organisations along the lines of sustainability. Higher Education for Sustainable Development is aimed at addressing and incorporating the economic, environmental, social, and time dimensions, as well as their interrelations into HEIs operations, education (courses, degrees, and educating-the-educators programmes), research, collaboration, assessment, governance, and on-campus life experiences. 

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Kestävää elämäntapaa oppimassa kotitalousopetuksen keinoin

”Kauheaa, mulla on ainakin kymmenet farkut, minä en ikinä heitä näitä enää pois.”

Kestävän elämäntavan oppiminen ja siihen sitoutuminen ovat globaali haaste. Kuitenkin maapallon rajallinen kantokyky vaatii elämäntavan muutoksia ja aktiivista pyrkimistä kohti hiilivapaata yhteiskuntaa. Myös muut ympäristöön ja sosiaaliseen oikeudenmukaiseen liittyvät ongelmat haastavat länsimaista elämäntapaa. Osana kestävää elämäntapaa kestävä kulutus edellyttääkin uusien ajattelutapojen omaksumista ja käyttäytymisen muutoksen aktivointia (Langenbach et al. 2020).

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Engaging with extraction: stone mining as a part of indigenous emotional landscape

The mining industry is often connected to polarized emotional responses. It evokes hopes for a better future while causing worries over environmental harm or resource depletion. Mining development changes local relations with the landscape but also forms new connections between humans and resources. My postdoctoral project at Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) focuses on stone mining as an important element of human – landscape connections in two indigenous communities in Northern Russia and Siberia. It sheds light on how mining gets embedded in affective bonds between humans and landscape and becomes a part of local sustainability discourses.

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How Citizens Create Value for the Circular Economy

Finland’s Circular Economy Roadmap emphasizes that all actors have a role to play: including governments, municipalities, businesses and citizens. While there is a lot of discussion about how businesses can transform their products and services for the circular economy (CE), and what municipalities could do to encourage more circular patterns, citizens’ potential to contribute to the CE does not get as much attention.

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