Green Economics

Climate change, financial crisis and out-of-control globalisation—all the major problems facing the world have their root in the economic system. The system is broken: we need something radically different. This is what green economics offers. It is a coherent and wide-ranging set of policy prescriptions for a just and sustainable economy that has been developed over the past 30 years. Starting out with a recognition of planetary limits and an understanding of the importance of using resources wisely, this three-week course on green economics addresses key economic issues such as trade, money, economic development and work.

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The first week covers an introduction to green economics including the issues of energy and money, the need to include wider perspectives and a consideration of the importance of land in the economy. The second week focuses particularly on climate change, with consideration of how our economy will need to adapt to a low-carbon future. The third week focuses on how we will meet our needs in a green economy, with an exploration of work and livelihood and questions of ownership and co-operative working.

Presentations that I use in teaching this course are available on the student resources page. A useful assigment question is: 'Why is energy especially important to a green economist? Explain what principles you would use to direct energy policy within a green economy.'

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