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Breaking the Wall to Climate Action

Falling Walls Foundation | Johan Rockström

A Report from COP 27

The Conference of Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing signatory governments together once a year to discuss and agree on how to jointly address climate change and its impacts. In November 2022, the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27), with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change. This year’s COP 27 is more urgent than ever for the world to take concrete, measurable steps to counteract climate change.

At Falling Walls, Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, reports live on the developments in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In his address, he analyses the discussions at COP 27 in the light of the planetary boundaries framework, which he co-initiated to discuss the limits within which the earth can sustain Holocene-like conditions.
The planetary boundaries concept proposes boundaries – or quantitative ceilings – beyond which we risk inducing abrupt changes that could push our planet into a state that is more hostile to humanity. In this context, he applies sustainable principles of nutrition, describing how we can adjust our diet to live within the planetary boundaries.


About the Venue
Radialsystem – Lecture Hall
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243 Germany

Johan Rockström

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University. Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, who led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is a leading scientist on global water resources, with about 25 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

In addition to his research endeavors, which have been widely used to guide policy, Rockström provides strategic scientific guidance as a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group ‘Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation’ and the ‘Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ and consults several governments and business networks. He acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Furthermore, he chairs or co-chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation, the Earth Commission, and the Earth League, is Chief Scientist of Conservation International, member of the European Investment Bank Advisory Group, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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