Johan Rockström on Planetary Commons

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Johan Rockström on Planetary Commons

Introducing a new paradigm for safeguarding Earth-regulating systems in the Anthropocene

On February 7, Prof. Johan Rockström introduced the recently published paper “The Planetary Commons: A New Paradigm for Safeguarding Earth-regulating Systems in the Anthropocene”. The publication is the result of an almost two year-long research process involving 22 leading international researchers and was co-led by Prof. Rockström and Prof. Louis Kotzé, Chair of the program “Governing the Global Commons” at THE NEW INSTITUTE.

Beginning with an introduction to the broader project and history of the paper by Louis Kotzé, Johan Rockström then spoke to the paper and was followed by panelist reflections from Frank Adloff (University of Hamburg) and Wakanyi Hoffman (THE NEW INSTITUTE).


Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally leading scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. In 2023 he was recognized by Time Magazine as ranking among the world’s 100 most influential people.

Louis Kotzé is Professor of Law at North-West University in South Africa and the University of Lincoln, UK; researcher at the Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam; and Chair of the Program “Governing the Planetary Commons” at THE NEW INSTITUTE.

Frank Adloff is Professor for Sociology, in particular the Dynamics and Regulation of Economy and Society, at the University of Hamburg.

Wakanyi Hoffman is a writer, African Indigenous Knowledge scholar & researcher, and Fellow in the program "Conceptions of Human Flourishing" at THE NEW INSTITUTE.

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