Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies

Folke, Carl, et al. 2020.“Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies.” in Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future. Stockholm, Sweden: Beijer Discussion Paper Series No. 272.

73 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2020

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Carl Folke

Stockholm University

Stephen R. Carpenter

University of Wisconsin - Madison

F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Owen Gaffney

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

Victor Galaz

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel

Michèle Lamont

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Stephen Polasky

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Johan Rockstrom

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

Marten Scheffer

Wageningen UR

Frances Westley

University of Waterloo

Henrik Österblom

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

Date Written: July 1, 2020

Abstract

The corona pandemic has exposed the interconnected, tightly coupled and vulnerable globalised world. This White Paper sets the scientific stage for understanding and responding to such crises for global sustainability and resilient societies. We provide a systemic overview of the current situation; where people and nature are dynamically intertwined and embedded in the biosphere, placing shocks and extreme events as part of this dynamic; where humanity has become the major force in shaping the future of the Earth system as a whole; and where the rapid expansion of the human dimension has caused climate change, simplification of life on earth, growing inequalities, and loss of resilience to deal with uncertainty and surprise. Taken together, human actions are challenging the biosphere foundation for a prosperous development of civilisations. The Anthropocene reality, of rising turbulence, calls for transformative change towards sustainable futures. Emerging technologies, social innovations, broader shifts in cultural repertoires, as well as a diverse portfolio of active stewardship of human actions in support of a resilient biosphere are highlighted as essential parts of such transformations.

Suggested Citation

Folke, Carl and Carpenter, Stephen R. and Chapin, Francis and Gaffney, Owen and Galaz, Victor and Hoffmann, Holger and Lamont, Michèle and Polasky, Stephen and Rockstrom, Johan and Scheffer, Marten and Westley, Frances and Österblom, Henrik, Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies (July 1, 2020). Folke, Carl, et al. 2020.“Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies.” in Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future. Stockholm, Sweden: Beijer Discussion Paper Series No. 272., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3671766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3671766

Carl Folke (Contact Author)

Stockholm University ( email )

Dept. of Systems Ecology
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Sweden

Stephen R. Carpenter

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

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United States

Francis Chapin

University of Alaska Fairbanks ( email )

Fairbanks, AK 99775
United States

Owen Gaffney

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center ( email )

Kräftriket 2B
Stockholm, SE-114 19
Sweden

Victor Galaz

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics ( email )

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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United States

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel ( email )

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Germany

Michèle Lamont

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

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United States

Stephen Polasky

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

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United States
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Johan Rockstrom

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center ( email )

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Stockholm, SE-114 19
Sweden

Marten Scheffer

Wageningen UR

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Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

Frances Westley

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

Henrik Österblom

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

Kräftriket 2B
Stockholm, SE-114 19
Sweden

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