Future Earth
Future Earth

Founding Year: 2012

Staff: 55

Budget: ~€4.8m (2020)

Future Earth

Future Earth (2012; Paris; ~50 staff; futureearth.org)

A global research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. The organization is rooted in the work of 20 Global Research Projects. These networks have a long history, in some cases stretching back decades, of generating research at the forefront of sustainability science. They played a critical role in forming the field of Earth system science – which considers how all of the parts of the planet, including human societies, connect to and shape each other. Our Global Research Projects also led in defining the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the geologic history of Earth marked by the influence of humans on the planet.

The Future Earth Secretariat is currently based in five global hubs and in three regional centers and Offices. The Global Hubs coordinate the international efforts of Future Earth and are located in Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Colorado.

Future Earth acts as an umbrella program that combines the efforts of four global environmental change programs, DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Some further projects arose out of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

Initiatives & Networks:

Global Research Projects:

Publications:

  • Newsletters, Issue Briefs, Explainers, Science Insights, Annual Reports, Blog
  • A library of  60+ strategic reports and other planning documents, conference reports, synthesis documents etc.
  • Future Earth Media Lab – An online incubator for communications, research and more. Nurtures projects at the cutting edge of the digital revolution – the internet of things, big data, new media, visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
  • Anthropocene magazine – A print, digital and live magazine that focuses specifically on the Anthropocene.
  • HIGHLIGHTS:
    • The Exponential Climate Action Roadmap (2018, 108p.) – Charts essential steps to 2030 to catalyze action at the speed and scale now required to combat climate change. It underpins the declarations to be announced at the Global Climate Action Summit, particularly the Step Up Declaration from climate leaders in business, and the Entrepreneurs Call to Action.
    • Global Fires –  This issue brief examines the cause and sustainability implications of global fires.

Leadership: Amy Luers (Executive Director), Johan Rockström (Co-Chair), Leena Srivastava (Co-Chair)
Budget: ~€4.8m (2020)

Future Earth contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals


  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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