Governing tipping elements in the Earth system as the new global commons of the Anthropocene

This two-day cross-disciplinary in-person workshop will be jointly hosted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, on 11-12 July 2022. 

The purpose of the workshop is to explore urgently needed avenues for effective governance of the large-scale physical, chemical and biological components of the Earth system, known as tipping elements. The starting point of the gathering will be to consider redefining global commons for consistency with the latest evidence from Earth system science, within the framework of legal requirements, as a new impetus for an urgent transition towards a governance paradigm that is appropriate for tackling the challenges of the Anthropocene. A preliminary text addressing this topic will be presented for a discussion in due course, aiming towards further development of this text. The ultimate planned deliverable will be a fully developed, jointly written academic paper, ready for submission to a high-impact peer-review journal a few months after the meeting.