Presenting The Planetary Boundaries Framework & Exploring Its Implications For Policy & Practice
During the 2008 Tällberg Forum, three internationally prominent Sweden-based organizations, the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Tällberg Foundation, gathered a group of eminent natural and social scientists to evaluate the latest research on Earth system dynamics and to determine if they could quantify the safe biophysical boundaries outside of which, they believe, the Earth System cannot function in a stable, Holocenelike state – the state in which human civilizations have thrived.
The scientific team’s work has resulted in a groundbreaking article, Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity, which was presented in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on September 24th.
In the article the scientists propose that global biophysical boundaries, identified on the basis of the scientific understanding of the Earth System, can define a ‘safe planetary operating space’ that will allow humanity to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. The scientists, who have made a first attempt to identify and quantify a set of nine planetary boundaries, hope this new approach to sustainable development will help humanity deal with climate change and other global environmental threats that lie ahead in the 21st century.
On October 15, the Tällberg Foundation staged a seminar engaging with the scientists who developed this novel new framework and involved an experienced panel who helped explore its implications for policy and practice.