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DebateGraph and the Planet Under Pressure scientists are collaborating to distill the main arguments, evidence, risks and policy options facing humanity in a dynamic knowledge map to help visualise and inform global policy dialogue and deliberation.
The London Planet Under Pressure
conference, from which this mapping project originates and which was addressed by Ban Ki-moon
in March 2012:
- provided a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under, and examined the latest scientific evidence on climate change, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales, and poverty alleviation.
- discussed solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway – guided by the International Council for Science’s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, thresholds, governance and economic requirements, and innovation (technological, political and societal), as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the new biodiversity assessment, and the Millennium Development Goals.
- set out a new vision and platform for global-change research that connects leading social and natural scientists with business, investors and the development agenda to create a new understanding and environment for tackling global sustainability challenges.
- stressed that there must be many governance and technological solutions at all levels, from local and national, to regional and global – and that while there are many threats, global change also provides many opportunities.
- discussed policy options in response to climate change, energy, food security, water, poverty and other pressing issues.
This global mapping project is a voluntary, collaborative, cross-disciplinary initiative to create and share an authoritative public resource at a critical time. If you would like learn more about the project, join the mapping team, or support the process in any other way, we would love to hear from you (or via @DebateGraph).
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|Link Global Change: Mapping a Planet Under Pressure|
Author: David Price
Publication date: October 2012
Publication info: Global Change, Issue 72
Cited by: David Price 2:40 PM 3 March 2017 GMT
|Excerpt / Summary|
If true character is revealed in the choices made under pressure, the early decades of the 21st century promise to be revelatory for our species. As the State of the Planet Declaration notes:
Research now demonstrates that the continued functioning of the Earth system as it has supported the well-being of human civilization in recent centuries is at risk. Without urgent action, we could face threats to water, food, biodiversity and other critical resources: these threats risk intensifying economic, ecological and social crises, creating the potential for a humanitarian emergency on a global scale. In one lifetime our increasingly interconnected and interdependent economic, social, cultural and political systems have come to place pressures on the environment that may cause fundamental changes in the Earth system and move us beyond safe natural boundaries.
Yet, in the jaded aftermath of the UN’s Rio+20 conference, it’s clear that scientific insight into the emerging systemic pressures isn’t a sufficient condition for action – and that our jumbled, planetary bundle of individual and institutional interests has a momentum that’s hard to deflect.
If the goal is to accelerate societal learning, the interplay between scientists, policymakers and the wider public will be critical. However, the existing patterns of interaction leave much to be desired. First, the science-policy relationship is often difficult and dysfunctional2. Second, the international governance infrastructure – the United Nations, World Bank, WTO and others – was designed to meet the needs of the post-WWII era and is ill-adapted to the interconnected and transdisciplinary challenges it now faces. And finally, our main public communication channels seem better attuned to the linear and polarised narrative of crisis than to the nuanced, detailed, anticipatory work of crisis avoidance or minimisation. Quite simply, among other changes, we need to find new ways to communicate the kinds of global challenges that elude compression into a simple linear narrative.
News cartography – the creation of dynamic, interactive, collaboratively editable and shareable maps of the stories – is a promising, early-stage response to this challenge. It gives people a way to pull apart an issue like food security or ocean acidification, sift fact from fiction and get to the essence of the debate. It enables everyone to explore a topic at their own speed and find out who is saying what. How much do we know with certainty? How reliable is the information? Who disagrees? What are the solutions?