1.3.1 Why we need a circular economy (1/3)?

Course subject(s) Module 1. What is the circular economy?

We have learned that the aim of the Circular Economy is to radically limit the extraction of raw materials and dramatically reduce the production of waste. But why is this necessary?

In a series of three video interviews, Ken Webster describes what’s wrong with the current linear economy.

While watching the videos, try to understand the arguments Ken makes. Do his arguments make sense to you? Why (not)?

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  • Circumstances have changed, and so must our economy.
  • A linear economy depends on cheap materials, cheap energy and cheap credit. All of these are up for question.

Let’s examine these arguments in more detail in the next videos.

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