Only if there is a fundamental change in the way we manage land we can reach the targets of climate-change mitigation, avert the dramatic loss of biodiversity and make the global food system sustainable.
Technical innovation surges do not automatically translate into sustainability transformations, but must be closely coupled with sustainability guidelines and policies.
How can we make global development possible without compromising our natural life-support systems, and which forms of damage must be avoided? The WBGU defined "planetary guard rails" which help to keep such existential damage at bay. This short film explains the concept of guardrails.
Who We Are
Global sustainability is a key issue for the future. It is therefore also a scientific issue. The societal search processes aimed at reaching this goal require concepts that are independent of vested interests, methodologically systematic, and provide long-term projections. This is why the WBGU compiles scientific analyses, develops concepts, and proposes solutions for global sustainability. This is why our thinking is systemic, our work independent and interdisciplinary. This is why through dialogue with policy-makers, society and international organizations, we seek to uncover ways of achieving the Great Transformation.
Voices to Our Reports
Prof Dr Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1998-2006
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2010–2016)