Reflections on the Planetary Boundaries framework
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Ten years after its launch, Johan Rockström and other researchers and stakeholders reflect on the framework's development, impact and future. See videos
In 2009, former centre director Johan Rockström led a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists to identify the nine processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system. The scientists proposed quantitative planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries increases the risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Since then the planetary boundaries framework has generated enormous interest within science, policy, and practice.
In a science seminar 1 October 2019 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Rockström shared his reflections on the development of the planetary boundaries framework together with colleagues from the research community and beyond. See videos from the seminar below.
How did it all come about?
Reflections by Carl Folke, Professor, director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Chair of the board of Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Will Steffen, Professor Emeritus, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University and Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Reviewing the science behind the framework
Presentations by Johan Rockström, Professor, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany and Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Belinda Reyers, Professor at Future Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
What impact has the framework made beyond science?
Reflections by Sverker Sörlin, Professor in environmental history, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
What are the scientific frontiers and future challenges?
Lan Wang Erlandsson, PhD, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Peter Sogaard Jorgensen, PhD, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre´
Ricarda Winkelmann, JProf Dr Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
Andrea Downing, PhD, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Using the framework to reach global goals and other targets
Beate Sjåfjell, Professor, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Jock Martin, Head of Programme - Integrated Assessments for Sustainability, European Environment Agency, Denmark
Elin Bergman, Manager Corporate Partnerships at WWF Sweden
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