About us


The Earth Commission is an international team of leading natural and social scientists and five working groups of additional experts. The Commission is led by three distinguished professors: Johan Rockström, Joyeeta Gupta and Dahe Qin.

The Commissioners were announced in September 2019, following an open call for nominations. They were selected to ensure disciplinary, geographic, expertise, career stage and gender balance, and were appointed by Future Earth and five other scientific organisations within the Global Commons Alliance: the Global Environment Facility, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and the World Resources Institute.

During 2020, five working groups with additional experts were established. The experts were selected by the Earth Commission, based on the original call for nominations, as well as targeted nominations drawing on the expertise of Future Earth’s global research networks. 


The Earth Commission is the first holistic attempt to scientifically define and quantify a safe and just corridor for people and planet. It is aiming to establish scientific guardrails for Earth’s life support systems, building on and complementing existing assessments, such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

The Commission will produce an anchor report built on analysis and synthesis conducted by the working groups. The report – defining Earth system boundaries for a stable planet – will be published by a peer-reviewed journal by 2023.

The Earth Commission is part of the Global Commons Alliance, a unique partnership of more than 50 forward-looking organisations in philanthropy, science, business and advocacy. The mission of the alliance is to create a powerful network to scale science-based action to protect people and planet and to empower citizens, cities, companies and countries to become stewards of the global commons.  

The goal is to translate the scientific guardrails defined by the Earth Commission, into tangible science-based targets for nature, specifically tailored to cities and companies by the Science Based Targets Network, another component of the Global Commons Alliance.