Virtual

Tuesday 10 May 2022

17:00

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam

Planetary boundaries - and why they are so critical to our survival

Johan Rockström is one of the world’s leading climate and sustainability experts. A fierce advocate for deep and rapid cuts in carbon emissions, he points to the need for an ‘exponential carbon roadmap.’ He is best known for his groundbreaking 2009 work on Planetary Boundaries, nine processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system. If we remain within these, humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come; breaching them – as we are increasingly doing – poses serious threats to our future.

Johan Rockström

Johan is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is i.a. member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission, Chief Scientist of Conservation International, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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