Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. Launched in 2015, Future Earth is a 10-year initiative to advance global sustainability, build capacity in this rapidly expanding area of research and provide an international agenda to guide natural and social scientists working around the world.
Since September 2016 Laszlo Zsolnai serves as Co-Chair of the Future Earth Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network. For Future Earth Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network the main departure point is the new reality of the Anthropocene, where humanity is altering the biogeochemistry of the planet itself, destabilizing climate and influencing co-evolution at the planetary level. Human perturbation already overcomes four of the nine planetary boundaries (climate change, biosphere integrity, biogeochemical flows, and landsystem change).
Business (including finance) is the definitive player in the Anthropocene and is mainly responsible for the degrading state of the biosphere. The key problem is the nature, form and scale of business operations. The operating models of today’s mainstream business and financial institutions do not fit in the reality of the biosphere. Business models vary but almost none of them are consistent with the flourishing life on Earth (including human, non-human and future life).
The Future Earth Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network addresses these problems in a holistic, transdisciplinary, action-oriented way. Key topics include: Climate Finance, Sustainable Investing, Ecological Economics, Business Sustainability and Ethics, Social and Environmental Accounting, Organization and Environment, Integrated Risk Governance, and Sustainable Financial Markets. The overall goal is to reinventing business and economic models for the Anthropocene. How can business and economic organizations become ecologically conscious agents which operate within planetary boundaries, that is, use only a “fair earth share” and contribute to the richness of life on Earth?