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Approaching Planetary Boundaries – Urgent Agenda in Asia: Future Earth Public Symposium

The scientific community has sounded the alarm: time is running out to reduce GHG emissions that cause global warming.  Leaders and governments in Japan and all over the world are declaring climate emergencies. Young people are going on school strikes and demanding action.  As we approach planetary boundaries, there is a need to understand the state of our planet, the major role Asia plays in the global commons and the urgency of action especially in Asia.

The symposium features keynote speeches from: Prof. Johan Rockstrom on the latest insights from climate science and earth systems including tipping points, impending risks from the exponential pressure of human activities and an outlook for societal and environmental transformations;and Prof. Yasuo Deguchi who will provide an Asian perspective, sharing his deep insights into how societies can transform from the point of view of Japan and Asia.  Next session will inspire dialogue with a panel of speakers on Global Commons and Earth Commission, local initiatives of Kyoto City government, sustainable finance and the role of Asia in addressing the climate crisis. The symposium concludes with the launch of the landmark report, Our Future on Earth by experts on sustainability all over the world.

The 7th Future Earth in Asia International Symposium

Theme: Approaching Planetary Boundaries  – Urgent Agenda in Asia
Day: 5 March, 2020
Time: 4-6.15 pm
Venue: Symposium Hall, International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University (access)


Part 1: 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Opening address and introduction:  Makoto Taniguchi (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature:RIHN)
Johan Rockstrom (Co-chair, Future Earth Advisory Committee)
“A Planetary Emergency requires Emergence of Planetary Stewardship”
Yasuo Deguchi (Kyoto University)
“Self and Environment: An Asian Perspective”
Q & A with participants
Moderator: Hein Mallee (RIHN/Future Earth Asia)

Part 2: 5:15 – 5:45 pm  Panel Discussion
a) Naoko Ishii (Future Earth Advisory Committee member; topic: Global Commons and Earth Commission)
b) Takeshi Shimotsuma (Kyoto City government, topic: local initiatives, low carbon society)
c) Junya Tani (Future Earth Global Hub-Japan, topic: sustainable finance in Asia)
d) Leena Srivastava-tbc (topic: tbd)
Moderator: Fumiko Kasuga (Future Earth Global Hub-Japan/National Institute for Environmental Studies)

Part 3: 5:45 – 6:05 pm
Launch of “Our Future on Earth 2020” report
Expectation comments:Tetsuzo Yasunari (Future Earth Advisory Committee member/RIHN)

6:05 – 6:15 pm  Closing remarks: Kyoto University


  • Simultaneous translation will be available in the Japanese and English language
  • To register, please submit the registration form.
  • Registration deadline:29 February 2020
  • Capacity:100 on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Free admission

About the speakers:

Johan Rockström is Co-chair of the Future Earth Advisory Committee. He is the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University. Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework .

Yasuo Deguchi is a Professor of Philosophy and Vice Provost, Kyoto University, who is working on various philosophical topics such as Analytic Asian Philosophy. His recent works include The Moon Points Back  (Oxford 2015), What Can’t Be Said (Oxford 2020).


Future Earth
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Future Earth Research Unit, Kyoto University
National Institute for Environmental Studies

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