Global Commons Alliance team contributes to new Netflix documentary Breaking Boundaries

Today, Netflix launches a major new documentary about the risks to the global commons: Breaking Boundaries: the Science of Our Planet.

The 75-minute documentary is narrated by Sir David Attenborough follows the scientific discovery of the nine planetary boundaries with Johan Rockström, the chair of GCA’s Earth Commission.

Rockström and GCA director of communications Owen Gaffney are associate producers of the documentary.

Gaffney said, “It has been an incredible journey with the production company Silverback and Netflix. What they have done is astounding. For the first time we have been able to bring the story of the global commons, and the risks humanity is taking, to a massive audience.”

The film is already making waves. Christiana Figueres, the former head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said, the film is “probably the most important documentary that has ever been filmed”. An exclusive excerpt of the film was shown during the US President Joe Biden’s climate summit in April and opened the first Nobel Prize Summit. Silverback, with Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have developed a series of events for CEOs, philanthropists and youth leaders to explore the ideas in the summit. This part of the work has been supported by grants from the Virgin Unite foundation and Avatar Alliance.

“A key message of these events is for companies to start the process to adopt science–based targets through SBTN,” said Gaffney.

Rockström and Gaffney have also published a book to coincide with the release of the film, Breaking Boundaries with DK publishing.

“This is a Super Year for international policy on climate and biodiversity. We simply must bend the curves to cut emissions in half and become nature positive by 2030,” said Rockström.