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Earth limits: the nine planetary boundaries

Planetary Boundaries 2009-2022 | From 3 to 6 boundaries crossed — The evolution of this influential scientific framework over time. Source: https://globaia.org/planetary-boundaries

5, 6 & 7 of December

(14.00h – 17.00h CET)

Online

Free of charge

Certificate upon completing the course

By Ass. Prof. Tamer Abu-Alam

The proposed concept of “planetary boundaries” lays the groundwork for shifting our approach to governance and management, away from the essentially sectoral analyses of limits to growth aimed at minimizing negative externalities, toward the estimation of the safe space for human development.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the human-induced changes of global ecology, including the risks of surpassing thresholds defined as planetary boundaries.
  • Reflecting on students´ beliefs, ideas and suggestions around the planetary boundaries.
  • Understand and discuss the role of business sector and industry to protect the Earth (this will includes presenting the EU taxonomy and the European Green Deal).

In this three-days workshop, the students will be introduced to the concept of planetary boundaries and will get knowledge about the 9 boundaries (their importance, our limitation and how we should work in order to avoid crossing the different boundaries). The students will have the second day of the workshop to reflect on their beliefs. The role of the business sector to avoid crossing the boundaries will be covered on the third day of the workshop.

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About the lecturer

Ass. Prof. Tamer Abu-Alam is Assistant Prof. of Sustainability Analytics at The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He teaches courses related to the application of big data in the field of sustainability. Abu-Alam coordinates the CloudEARTHi and Inspiring the Minds projects (projects funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Erasmus+ & Direktoratet for høgare utdanning og kompetanse). In addition, he contributes to other research projects such as CoastShift and A-AAgora.