Podcast: TED Talks series - Johan Rockstrom: Let the Environment guide our developement

TED Talks


18 Minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED JUL 2010 - POSTED AUG 2010 - TEDGlobal 2010

Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

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Learning Goals

To show the interconnectedness of all of Earth's systems.

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To explore the great extent to which all of Earth's systems are interconnected with each other, resulting in harm to all of them when just one individually is harmed.


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If Earth is a self-regulating system, it's clear that human activity is capable of disrupting it. Johan Rockstrom has led a team of scientists to define the nine Earth systems that need to be kept within bounds for Earth to keep itself in balance. Full Bio>>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Johan Rockstrom: Let the Environment guide our developement.