Case studies

You may have wondered why I did not include some current examples in the nitrogen cycle lesson. And if you did not wonder it then, you may have wondered why I left dead zones, acid rain, air pollution and climate change out when I discussed human interference in my previous post. Let me tackle both.

Profit pool

As part of the research I did when writing my post on ecological protectionism, I read a report of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the EU carbon tax. This report introduced the interesting concept of the ‘profit pool’.

Ecological protectionism

When we want to stay in the doughnut, we need to mitigate climate change and the overshoot in the other eight elements of the ecological ceiling. Countries can take measures by themselves, but when others do not put in the same effort, this is likely not enough.


Basic financial, literacy skills grow resilience. Students learn what they need to function in the society they are part of, what is available in terms of social security, national healthcare and such. They also become aware of risks and uncertainties and how to cope with both – what precautions they can take and how to provide for themselves.

Human interference in the nitrogen cycle

If you follow our posts, you are aware that the last post was about the nitrogen cycle. More specifically: what  should a lesson on the nitrogen cycle look like? The question before that was if the biogeochemical cycles should be part of a 21st century economics education. I gave some reasons why I believe…

Nitrogen Cycle

Could you please speak more slowly

In my latest post on the ecological ceiling, I introduced the Crash Course Ecology as a way to educate students on ecology. One of the comments I received on that post was that the Crash Course is extremely high paced, which may be an issue with students who are new to the subject. Therefore, I asked myself, what would a slower paced series of lessons look like?