The Earth Commission is group of leading scientists that will be convened by Future Earth. Their mission will be to synthesize the latest science to underpin the development of science-based targets for systems like land, water, and biodiversity.  

Human activities are accelerating changes in the Earth system at a scale and pace that is pushing the planet out of a safe operating space for humanity. Urgent action is needed to slow the change. To combat climate change, the world’s nations have agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, but science-based targets for other parts of the Earth system are missing.

The mission of the Earth Commission is to provide the scientific insights needed to set science-based targets that can help maintain the functioning life support systems of Earth: land, biodiversity, freshwater, oceans.

Up to 20 Commissioners will be appointed during 2019. Future Earth will host the Earth Commission’s scientific secretariat in collaboration with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA.

The Earth Commission will be complementary to and build on existing assessments, such as the IPCC and IPBES reports. The synthesis will be central for informing the work of a new Science Based Targets network developing methodologies for companies and cities to set specific science-based targets to guide policies and practice. The work of the Commission complements and will be informed by Future Earth’s research initiative Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability.

Read the full announcement here (PDF), and for more details, please refer to the Terms of Reference (PDF).

The nomination period is now over.

The Earth Commission is part of the Global Commons Alliance.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Earth Commission, please contact:

Lisa Jacobson

Science Officer