Earth Commission

SCIENCE FOR A JUST WORLD ON A SAFE PLANET

This is the focus of the Earth Commission

Life on Earth depends on clean air and water, biodiversity, healthy oceans, and a stable climate. These are the global commons: the shared resources essential for a habitable planet. 

The Earth Commission synthesises the latest science to identify limits of the Earth’s resources and systems within which the planet can remain stable (safe) and everything living on it can thrive (just). The ‘Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries’ are becoming the scientific backbone of the next generation of sustainability targets and practices.

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VACANCIES: POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS FOR THE NOVEL ENTITIES GROUP

Earth Commission and the System Boundaries” for University of Toronto School of the Environment are excited to announce opportunities two Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) to join the core research team focused on assessing “Safe and Just Earth Novel Entities (ESBs).

SAFE AND JUST

Learn more about the Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries and download detailed explainers on each boundary.

ALL RESOURCES

Explore our scientific visuals and find useful resources about Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries.

Stockhom Seminars Presents

On Jan 25, 2024, Earth Commissioner and Distinguished Prof. Xuemei Bai of the Australian National University introduced how strategic and transparent procedures can help cities and businesses align their sustainability efforts with the Safe & Just Earth system boundaries.

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TARGETS GUIDED BY SCIENCE

The health and well-being of people, societies and businesses is inseparable from the health and stability of the planet. System-wide transformations are not only necessary to reduce the risk of tipping points, instability and injustice, they also hold the key to a prosperous future. That’s why the science syntheses of the Earth Commission feeds into the Science Based Target Network which develops methodologies to set tangible and actionable targets for cities and companies.

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Who we are

The Earth Commission is an international team of leading social and natural scientists, supported by a scientific secretariat and external experts, organised in four workstreams. The Commissioners have extensive experience in interdisciplinary research and international science-policy collaborations.

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HOST

Future Earth

The Earth Commission is hosted by Future Earth, the globe’s largest network of sustainability scientists, harnessing the experience and reach of tens of thousands of scholars from across the globe. Earth Commissioners are appointed through a process convened by Future Earth, which also hosts its secretariat.

Global Commons Alliance

The Earth Commission forms the scientific backbone of the Global Commons Alliance, a coalition of scientists, philanthropists, civil society groups, businesses, enabling collective action to accelerate systems change and become better guardians of the global commons.

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