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SECTION I (10 points, 5 each)
(maximum 300 words each)
1. Nature-based solutions
Read pages 1-11 of “Nature-based solutions to address global societal challenges” https://www.iucn.org/sites/dev/files/content/documents/nature-based_solutions_to_address_global_societal_challenges.pdf
Which definition of nature-based solutions (NBS) the report favours and why? What are the origins and goals of NBS? What is your main takeaway from this reading (pages 1-11 only). Include citation of the source.
2. Circular economy
Read “These three principles of circular economy can help combat the climate crisis”, and watch the short video: https://ensia.com/notable/climate-change-circular-economy/
What is the main definition of circular economy? What kind of approach does it promote? How is the concept of ownership put in question and why? Include reference to your source.
SECTION II (20 points)
(maximum 1,350 words – do not exceed this limit)
Choose one of the themes as your primary focus. Select a second one as a cross-cutting theme. Using the template, write an essay on how innovative concepts, such as nature-based solutions and circular economy, makes us rethink our relationship with these themes. Propose a concrete action plan that could be implemented in your neighbourhood, university, city, explaining the ethical grounds, and addressing challenges. Follow tutorials for examples of concrete initiatives.
Health and well-being (non-communicative health conditions only)
Food & water
Ecosystems (choose land, ocean, freshwater, forest)
Inequalities and social justice
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