Humankind is increasingly influencing the Earth system that has evolved over millions of years. Visible signs of this "Anthropocene" are global warming, pollution of the oceans and the decline in biodiversity.

In the coming years, therefore, societal decisions of civilisation-historical significance will have to be made. A fundamental question is: How can the Earth system be ecologically stabilised in such a way that well-being, prosperity, justice, peace and security for all people are secured or even achieved?

Against this background, the Leibniz Research Network "Earth & Societies" has set itself the task of gaining knowledge about people in the Earth system that is relevant to society's actions. Above all, the ecological carrying capacities of the Earth system are to be determined and sustainable development paths derived from them.

On the one hand, the network develops innovative principles of integrated Earth system research. On the other hand, it is investigating the oceans and their use, biodiversity, environmental migration, urban-rural relationships and the potential of the bioeconomy from the perspective of the Earth system. Climate change is considered throughout.

Prof. Jochen Schanze
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden
T +49 351 4679 228
Prof. Dieter Gerten
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam
T +49 331 288 2577
Dr Miriam Prys-Hansen
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg
T +49 40 4288 7430
Lasare Samartzidis
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden
T +49 351 4679 244