Respecting Planetary Boundaries
and Reconnecting to the Biosphere
"Don't go around saying the world owes
you a living. The world owes you
nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain
The Anthropecene
• The new age in which human actions are a
powerful its shaping the biosphere—
• It has generated many of...
Biosphere
• The Sphere of life
• It is the global ecological system integrating all
living beings and their relationships
Population Growth
• It took humanity close to 200,000 years to
reach a population of 1 billion in the early
1800s, now tha...
Holocene Stage
They describe an envelope for a safe operating
Space for humanity, it would be helpful if the
planet remain...
Nine planetary boundaries
Critical biophysical processes in the Earth’s system have been
identified
1. Climate change
2. S...
Reached Limits
Time to reconnect to the Biosphere
• People and societies are integral components
of the biosphere, depending on the
funct...
Survival of the ‘Unite’
Humans have changed the way the world works,
and now we must change the way we think
about it.
The...
State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
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Is sustainability still possible? A slideshow about a new geological era and human made changes to the biosphere. Sustainability is a ethical issue.

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State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

  1. 1. Respecting Planetary Boundaries and Reconnecting to the Biosphere
  2. 2. "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain
  3. 3. The Anthropecene • The new age in which human actions are a powerful its shaping the biosphere— • It has generated many of the global environmental challenges • Confronting future well-being of the human population on Earth.
  4. 4. Biosphere • The Sphere of life • It is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships
  5. 5. Population Growth • It took humanity close to 200,000 years to reach a population of 1 billion in the early 1800s, now that population is beyond 7 billion. • Industrial Revolution discovery of fossil fuels, a major source of additional energy, which allowed humanity to take off into a truly globalized world.
  6. 6. Holocene Stage They describe an envelope for a safe operating Space for humanity, it would be helpful if the planet remained in a Holocene-like state.
  7. 7. Nine planetary boundaries Critical biophysical processes in the Earth’s system have been identified 1. Climate change 2. Stratospheric ozone 3. Ocean acidification 4. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles 5. Biodiversity loss (SHIFTING BASELINES) 6. Land use change 7. Freshwater use 8. Atmospheric aerosol Loading : to be determined 9. Chemical Pollution : to be determined
  8. 8. Reached Limits
  9. 9. Time to reconnect to the Biosphere • People and societies are integral components of the biosphere, depending on the functioning and services of life supporting ecosystems. • Social-ecological systems are dynamic and connected.
  10. 10. Survival of the ‘Unite’ Humans have changed the way the world works, and now we must change the way we think about it. The new Anthropocene era has to remain in a state as favourable Holocene in order for humans to survive on this planet.

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