The Earth Commission

About the Earth Commission partnership

The Earth Commission, an initiative of Future Earth, is a group of leading scientists. Their mission is to assess the latest science to underpin the development of science-based targets for systems like land, water, and biodiversity. By setting such targets, companies and cities will be able to contribute to re-stabilizing Earth’s natural systems and work towards ensuring a planet where humans can thrive.

A grant from the Global Challenges Foundation grant will support the Earth Commission’s Transformations Working Group. The chief task will be to investigate the socio-economic drivers that are increasing climate risks and threaten biodiversity. An important aspect is how governance and the institutions of our societies can be designed to achieve a desired transformation. The first report from the Earth Commission is due in 2022, with the final report scheduled to 2023. 

The grant will also finance professor Johan Rockström of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK to assess global systemic risks with specific focus on developing a system risk framework for Earth system change and to integrate tipping points into the model.

Call to Action

Read more about the Earth Commission’s work to identify governance solutions for a safe and just planet on their web page.