Planetary Emergency

We are in the midst of a planetary emergency, facing climate, biodiversity and health crises. By addressing these as one integrated challenge we can bring back balance between people, planet and prosperity.

Planetary Boundaries

The Climate-Planetary Emergency Impact Hub aims to

  • ensure that the transformations detailed in the Planetary Emergency Plan are adopted, and
  • raise awareness of the need for an integrated emergency response and the opportunity for transformation that emergence offers.

Published in 2019, the Planetary Emergency Plan provides a set of key policy levers to address the cross-cutting challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and human health and well-being. Through implementing these actions, we can emerge from emergency and ensure long-term resilience and well-being within our planetary boundaries.

For years, scientists warned about the risks of straying beyond our planetary boundaries. The Limits to Growth report issued the first warning about unsustainable human activity on our planet 50 years ago. In 1972, its authors made the case that unlimited growth in population, material goods and resources on a finite planet would eventually lead to the collapse of Earth’s environmental and economic systems. Yet, it was only in 2020 that the public at large experienced the real impact of the encroachment of humanity on these limits through a zoonotic disease called COVID-19.

Living our lives as if Earth is infinite and shock resistant as we are doing today, is pushing our planet towards a series of tipping points that will become the greatest existential threat to humanity. Decades of exponential consumption and population growth have come to imperil the Earth’s climate and life-supporting systems, while reinforcing social and economic inequalities globally.

The Planetary Emergency Plan

Too often, interconnected crises are viewed in siloes, when there is an urgent need to address them as one integrated challenge. The Planetary Emergency Plan, which was drafted in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), aims to do just that.

First published in 2019, the Planetary Emergency Plan provides a set of key policy levers to address the cross-cutting challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and human health and well-being. The Plan outlines a vision of transformation and regeneration; a roadmap for governments and other stakeholders to shift our societies and economies to bring back balance between people, planet and prosperity. Only then can we truly emerge from emergency.

The Plan is a novel contribution to the emergency debate, recognising the inextricable interconnectedness of the three challenges referred to above and providing an alternative approach to conventional siloed, sectoral policy action. It combines a focus on protecting and restoring our Global Commons with implementing a series of economic and social transformations to guarantee the long-term health and well-being of people and planet.

Since being launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019, the Planetary Emergency Plan has been infused into international discussions on climate, biodiversity, sustainable development and global risks. It forms the foundation of a global Planetary Emergency Partnership and has inspired global campaigns and policy efforts.

COVID-19 has further exposed our vulnerabilities and reinforced the case for emergency action. Therefore, the Planetary Emergency Plan 2.0 accurately reflects the convergence of three urgent crises (climate, biodiversity and health) and guides the work of the Planetary Emergency Partnership post-COVID.

The Planetary Emergency Partnership

The Planetary Emergency Partnership (PEP), initiated by The Club of Rome and Potsdam Institute for Climate-Impact Research, with initial partners WWF and Nature4Climate, brings together more than 350 Partners from across the climate, biodiversity and health communities, including scientists, policymakers, business leaders, youth representatives and NGOs. The partnership strives to bridge siloes and raise awareness for an integrated, systemic approach that addresses the convergence of climate, biodiversity and health tipping points. More info >>

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