A major international conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge.
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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.
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.
Media, News, and Outcomes
First State of the Planet Declaration published
Bridges to the Future Outcomes document
Welcome to the Anthropocene - film and new website
New policy briefs available for download
Conversion by Café
Board of Patrons
Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Plenary Speakers and Panelists
“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)
“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
“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
“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