Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference provides a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference is focusing the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.
 
The conference discusses solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It provides scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference, also in 2012.
 
Guiding the direction for the conference is the International Council for Science’s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, thresholds, governance and economic requirements, and innovation (technological, political and societal). The conference also supports international assessment processes, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new biodiversity assessment, plus the Millennium Development Goals.
 
The programme is designed to attract senior policymakers, industry leaders, NGOs, young scientists, the media, health specialists, and academics from many disciplines.
 
Monday, 26 March, 2012