Earth and wind in the Anthropocene
Lukuaika: 11 min. Huijbens and Benediktsson focus on the necessity of the energy transition to tackle climate change, more specifically the development of wind energy. In re-reading old ideas and future aspirations in this context, opportunities exist for envisioning the future differently and create alternatives to grand narratives and fix-all panaceas.
Colombia’s new way towards ”living well”
Lukuaika: 10 min. The philosophy of buen vivir, or ”living well’, has recently influenced institutions in several South American countries. Can buen vivir offer guidance towards more inclusive policies for the new government of Colombia?
The pandemic and the right to the city
Lukuaika: 12 min. Residues of the changes that the global pandemic brought about can still be seen in all dimensions of city life. The future city is being shaped by the lines we draw today and what we are willing to surrender.
Other lenses are needed to keep bioeconomy on a sustainable track
Lukuaika: 11 min. Over the last decade, the bioeconomy has become a popular strategy proposed to shift our economies away from fossil fuels and boost local economic growth, especially of rural areas.
However, critiques of the bioeconomy have pointed at its reductionist view of rural areas as providers of biomass and containers of industries and infrastructure.
The Guardians of the Maya Forest
Lukuaika: 23 min. Researchers from three continents discuss the extensions and the limits of the nature state. Senior researcher Hanna Laako and her colleagues study the Maya Forest in the borderlands of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
Humanitarian border – arena of political struggle
Lukuaika: 10 min. Migration debates tend to become polarized into extreme ends. Humanitarian border is a concept that seeks to disentagle the complexity of migration phenomenon between a human distress and a hard border control.
Versus-podcast: Living in a Waste Society
Lukuaika: 4 min. The roundtable discussion with Teemu Loikkanen, Taru Lehtokunnas and Tanja Riekkinen comments on the multiple political realities of waste and the relationship of circular economy, recycling, consumption and wasting.
Building up a ruin to come: why the Russian waste reform seems doomed to fail in rural areas?
Lukuaika: 14 min. Waste is currently one of the most pressing environmental concerns in Russia. In recent years country’s poor waste management has triggered several nationwide protests. Pressure from the civil society resulted in new waste reform in 2019. But has it been enough to solve Russia’s waste crisis?
How does the landscaping industry communicate about sustainability?
Lukuaika: 6 min. As an assignment for the course Communication & Sustainable Development, Emmi Turkki studies the environmental communication on Viherympäristö magazine.
Why should we stop talking about GDP and how it will help the environment
Lukuaika: 6 min. Economic growth is measured with the help of a large variety of indicators, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the most well-known and common one. But what are the alternative indicators, when not only economy but environmental values are also taken into account?