Inspired by the thoughts of Garrett Hardin and Elinor Ostrom the submission proposes to legally recognize the Earth System as Natural Intangible Common Heritage of Humankind and scale-up the legal model of condominiums to the global level: A condominium is an object with a unitary structure and common functional systems, with private rights for determined fractions and, simultaneously, common ownership and governance for common structures and functions. Different legal regimes would be able to coexist. A revived UN Trusteeship Council would be the guardian of the new heritage and others global commons, as well as for addressing global catastrophic risks using the planetary boundaries framework as a guidance system.
Jurist and researcher at CIJE- Center for Legal and Economic Research - Faculty of Law, University of Porto, where is making a Pos-Doc in Law about the scale-up of the legal model of a condominium to the global level.
He holds a PhD in Human Ecology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon. In 2007, published "The Earth Condominium: From Climate Change to a New Juridic Conception of the Planet". In 2016, is co-editor of the “SOS Treaty - The Safe Operating Space Treaty: A New Approach to Managing Our Use of the Earth System”. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Common Home of Humanity, an International Association that will be based at the University of Porto, and proposes a new global legal construction based on new knowledge about the functioning of the Earth System.
He is member of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and co-founder of ELGA – Environmental Law and Governance Association. He is also co-founder and member of the General Council of the Portuguese NGO, ZERO - Sustainable Earth System Association.
Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. He is chair of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Collective Action Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden; and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Sub-committee on Quaternary Stratigraphy.
From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change.
Alexandra Aragão is Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, teaching environmental law, European law, risk governance and food security law.
She is a member of the several European observatories and research and academic groups related with environmental law.
Her present areas of research in environmental law are: environmental justice, environmental impact assessment, ecosystem services, waste law, principles, and law in the Anthropocene.
Director of NZ firm Ecometrics, Kate is the architect of the Planetary Quotas and Planetary Accounting Framework which allow environmental impacts of human activity to be understood in the context of scientific, global, limits.
Leena Iyengar is Director of Tune Into Earth, a sustainability consulting firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked for over 15 years in environmental management, conservation, and sustainability with national governments and non-governmental organizations, including World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Global Footprint Network, and the UK’s Natural Resources Institute. Much of her work has involved assisting scientists and technical teams in developing technical documents and communication material. Iyengar helped develop and coordinate the United Arab Emirates Ecological Footprint Initiative, was lead editor and project manager of WWF’s flagship publication, Living Planet Report 2014 and authored the chapter ”The Environmental Crisis- The needs of humanity versus the limits of the planet” for the PostCarbon Institute’s flagship 2017 publication The Post-Resilience Reader. She is currently working on a multi-national cultural scoping study for a species conservation project funded by GEF.
Alessandro is the International Coordinator of the Common Home of Humanity Initiative as well as the Senior Scientist and Mediterranean-MENA Program Director at Global Footprint Network.
Alessandro holds a PhD degree in Chemical Science from the University of Siena (Italy), with expertise particularly on energy and material flows in ecosystems as well as on sustainability indicators and environmental accounting methods. His research focuses on the overall human metabolism (e.g., land-use, agriculture, fisheries, energy and climate change), its changes through time and how it squares with the planet’s limits. Through his work with both government agencies and non government organizations during the past 10 years, Alessandro has developed interdisciplinary skills, laying at the intersection between applied research and governance.
Alessandro’s main interest is to contribute to and support evidence based decision-making processes, and favor societal transformation via natural resources and sustainability accounting tools to help address the 21st century global challenge of living well within the limits of our planet.