In June 2012, "Welcome to the Anthropocene"—a film co-directed by the centre about the state of the planet—opened the UN's Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.

The Anthropocene

Introducing the UN Rio+20 conference

Centre co-directs video that opens the 2012 historic conference on sustainable development

One of the most significant communication impacts the centre had in 2012 was the screening of the "Welcome to the Anthropocene" video during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's official opening of the Rio+20 conference.

The video is a journey through the last 250 years of our history and charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes. It was produced as part of the launch of the website with the same name, Welcome to the Anthropocene. The website is designed to improve our collective understanding of the Earth system and to inspire, educate and engage people about humanity's impact on Earth. Its unique combination of high-level scientific data and powerful imagery will help people visualize and better understand humanity's geographic imprint in recent time.

The video and its accompanying website is a collaborative project between researchers and communicators from some of the leading scientific research institutions on global sustainability:

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) 

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)


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Owen Gaffney
International media & strategy
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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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