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A major international conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge.

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State of the Planet Declaration Planet Under Pressure 2012 was the largest gathering of global change scientists leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) with a total of 3,018 delegates at the conference venue and over 3,500 that attended virtually via live webstreaming. The Plenary sessions and the Daily Planet news show continue to draw audiences world wide as they are available On Demand.

An additional number of organisations, including 150 Science and Technology Centres worldwide streamed the plenary sessions live at Planet Under Pressure-related events reaching an additional 12,000 viewers.

The first State of the Planet Declaration was issued at the conference.

Web Streaming Daily Planet News Show - now on demand Bridges to the Future - participatory sessions Find an event near you Awards given at the conference Planet under Pressure in the press

Via Social Media, @planetconf2012 has reached one million people on Twitter and on Facebook, Planet Under Pressure 2012 is close to 2000 “likes” and a reach of 34,000 people in March 2012. The conference Blog was visited by over 10,000 people from 80 countries by April 1, 2012.

A 3-minute film on the Anthropocene premiered which has had over 20,000 views and the world’s first educational website on the Anthropocene (beta version) was launched.

Media, News, and Outcomes

State of the Planet DeclarationFirst State of the Planet Declaration published
Scientists issue first “State of the Planet” declaration at the world’s largest gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June Download declaration.

Pictures from Planet Under Pressure

Social Media Stats

Bridges to the Future OutcomesBridges to the Future Outcomes document
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Business perspective - Yvo de BoerBusiness perspective
"Guest" Blog by Yvo de Boer.

 

Welcome to the AnthopoceneWelcome to the Anthropocene - film and new website
Click here to learn more.

 

Policy Briefs for downloadNew policy briefs available for download
Download the Health, Well-being and Green Economy briefs


Ban Ki-MoonWatch Ban Ki-moon's video address to the conference

 

Science and Technology CentresPictures from events around the world related to Planet Under Pressure


Conversion by Café. Photo courtesy of Tim Boyd (www.timboyd.info)Conversion by Café
“Guest” blog post by Ninad Bondre, IGBP Science Editor


Board of Patrons

Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Sir John Beddington, UK Government's Chief Scientific Advisor
Phil Bloomer, Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam
Keith Clarke CBE, Director of Sustainability, Atkins, UK
Rowan Douglas, Willis-RE, UK
Colin Drummond, Chairman LWEC Business Advisory Board & Chief Executive Viridor
Tim Flannery, Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Macquarie University
Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist and Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
Bo Kjellen, Chair of the 1992 Earth Summit Preparatory Committee
Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith, Oxford University, UK
Thomas Lovejoy, Heinz Center, USA
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease
Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, India
Rudy Rabbinge, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Vice President Public and Environmental Affairs, AB Volvo
Lord Turner, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, UK
Sir Robert Watson, Defra Chief Scientific Advisor, UK

Plenary Speakers and Panelists

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Bo Kjellen, Chair of the 1992 Earth Summit Preparatory Committee (Working Group One)

“This conference will be of great importance not only for Rio+20, but for the whole sequence of international cooperation that will be necessary to turn world affairs in a sustainable direction - with the next ten years a most crucial period.”
Bo Kjellen, Chair of the 1992 Earth Summit Preparatory Committee (Working Group One)

Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Laureate Economics, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Planet Under Pressure conference

“Given the mounting evidence of the sheer scale of global changes we are witnessing, the scientific community has a responsibility to urge public officials, citizens, and private firms in all countries to focus on the need for major policy changes to avoid major irreparable damage to our planet. I sincerely hope the 2012 conference will make a significant contribution to placing sustainability on everyone’s agenda.”
Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Laureate Economics, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Planet Under Pressure conference

Sunita Narain

“I see this conference as a call for change, change that is desperately needed in our increasingly climate constrained world. The conference is timely, just before the Rio+20 meet, which hopefully will steer the world towards new action and new energy on environment. At this time, when the world is grappling with multiple and interlinked crisis – from financial to peak oil and to extreme weather events – we need all the wisdom and sagacity to find a new way to wealth without pollution.”
Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, India

Priya Shyamsundar, Program Director of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

“We are truly fortunate to be guardians of this planet and each of us has a responsibility to address the global challenges it faces. We also have a responsibility to reduce the burden faced by the millions of people living under poverty. My hope is that Planet under Pressure will bring practitioners and scientists together and empower them with the knowledge and networks necessary for the sustainable solutions that we simply have to find.”
Priya Shyamsundar, Program Director of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics



 

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