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    Welcome to the course Introduction to Planetary well-being!

    This course is the first of the four Planetary well-being MOOCs. The course is suitable for everyone interested in the well-being of people and the planet, from secondary to higher education and work-life needs. There are no requirements for previous studies.

    The course explores the global environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, their causes and historical development pathways. This course will also explore international agreements on sustainable development and environmental and nature conservation, the global challenges in achieving sustainable development, and the concept of planetary well-being.


    After completing the course, you

    • Can explain the root causes, mechanisms and possible consequences of climate change and biodiversity loss.
    • Can in broad terms describe the impact humans have had on ecosystems and climate from prehistory to the present day, and the societal processes, values, norms and regional differences underlying these effects.
    • Can explain the concept of planetary well-being and why/what it is needed for.
    • Can justify the importance of interdisciplinary approach when studying sustainability problems.

    The general quidelines can be found on the next tab called "Course instructions".

    We warmly welcome you to study on our course!

    Course team:
    Saana Kataja-aho, Dr.
    Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Dr.
    Mikael Puurtinen, Dr.
    Miikka Salo, Dr.
    Minna Santaoja, Dr.

    Thank you also to the production team Ville Halttunen, Jari Niemi and Maiju Valkeinen for their technical support in the implementation of the course, and Venla Korhonen for her help in translation!


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