Earth Commission

Earth Commission: A compass for humanity

The Earth Commission is a scientific commission set up to define a healthy planet and a safe and just corridor for humanity. The commission will inform the creation of science-based targets to help maintain and protect critical global commons: climate, land, biodiversity, freshwater and oceans.

The Earth Commission is unique in that it takes into account the complex interactions between these natural systems – as well as socio-economic aspects of human well-being and justice. The scientists are also identifying the most efficient levers of transformation to a sustainable and just human development. Thus, the Commission will define and quantify a “safe corridor” for people and our planet as a whole.

The Earth Commission includes a global team of leading scientists and five working groups drawing on the expertise of Future Earth, the world’s largest network of sustainability scientists. Future Earth hosts the Earth Commission’s scientific secretariat in collaboration with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Johan Rockstrom
“This year’s fires, the rapidly warming Arctic, dying coral reefs, and unprecedented heat waves and floods across the world, are the clearest signals yet that human activities are pushing the planet further and further from the stable state we have enjoyed for 10,000 years.” Prof. Johan Rockström
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Co-Chair of the Earth Commission
Gupta Joyeeta
“The UN Sustainable Development Goals are largely aspirational. The Commission’s analysis will identify practical science-based targets that help realize these aspirations and deliver on Agenda 2030 to leave no one behind.” Prof. Joyeeta Gupta
Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the University of Amsterdam, Co-Chair of the Earth Commission
Dahe Qin
“To combat climate change, nations have agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. What we lack are comparable objectives for other key environmental components. The Earth Commission will fill this critical gap.” Prof. Dahe Qin
Director of the Academic Committee of Chinese Academy of Science, Co-Chair of the Earth Commission

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