KOSMOS Winterkino: Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries: Utopia or Panacea?

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals present a new social contract for the world in the quest to achieve ways of living and economic well-being that no longer undermines the biological and physical life-support systems that human development depends on. Currently, we are following a very dangerous path, facing potentially irreversible and disastrous impacts, due to rising global environmental changes we have yet to arrest. To achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030 is an enormous challenge for humanity; to do so in a systemic manner - thinking climate, biosphere integrity, food security and healthy diets, and land use together - requires transformative solution.

The Planetary Boundaries offer a framework to consider sustainable development in a way that respects the ecological resilience of the Earth while re-thinking social and economic development based on ecosphere integrity.

Planetary boundaries define the scientific targets for a stable Earth system. Businesses, countries and communities increasingly recognize that socio-economic development in the Anthropocene - when human pressures on Earth pose rising global risks - must occur within scientifically defined boundaries, establishing a safe-operating space on Earth.

SDGs within Planetary Boundaries suggests a pathway towards a world in 2050 in which a ‘good life for all’ – humanity and non-human species – is possible.

With: Prof. Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



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Thu 04.03.2021, 18:00 – 19:00
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