Workshop #10

Planetary Boundaries: Implications for Planetary Security

This workshop discusses the geopolitical implications of planetary boundaries. If planetary boundaries define the ‘safe operating space for humanity’, crossing these boundaries will have important socio-economic and political consequences with repercussions for international politics. The foreign policy consequences of approaching or crossing two such boundaries, climate change and freshwater use, have been extensively discussed, but this is not the case for other planetary boundaries. Should foreign and security policy makers worry about those boundaries as well? What are the mechanisms by which the different planetary boundaries may impact on national, regional or even global stability? What risks and opportunities do these impacts entail for international cooperation? And if there is a role for foreign policy, what should it be?

Chairs

Johan Rockström, SRC
Janani Vivekananda, adelphi (co-chair)

Speakers

Johan Rockström, SRC
Kate Raworth, Oxford University
Randolph Kent, KCL
Michel van Winden, Dutch MFA


Guiding Questions

  • What risks and opportunities do the impacts of planetary boundaries entail for international relations and global governance?

  • What are the mechanisms by which the different planetary boundaries may impact on national, regional or even global stability, beyond water and climate security?

  • Is food security the critical link between international security and the remaining planetary boundaries, or are the latter have important consequences beyond food security?

  • Should planetary boundaries feature on the agendas of foreign and security policy-makers?

  • What would be appropriate institutional venues for discussing and acting on the interface between planetary boundaries and planetary security?