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2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance

Welcome to the website of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance taking place on 21-24 October in Toronto, Canada. The conference is hosted by the University of Toronto,…

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taskforces and working groups

Through these groups, we engage substantively with key issues of global environmental change confronting contemporary societies.

Working Group on Democracy

This group gathers researchers from various disciplines who are interested in questions of democracy, power and legitimacy, and how these…

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Carbon Removal Working Group
Creating and enhancing carbon sinks has become the newest pillar of climate policy in the era of the Paris Agreement, which calls for a ‘balance of sources and sinks’ on route to the ambitious temperature targets of 2C – or even 1.5C – by century’s end. Collectively known as ‘carbon removal’ (also, greenhouse gas removal or GGR, and negative emissions technologies or NETs), these approaches are envisioned to buy time for more stringent mitigation efforts, balance ‘residual’ (hard-to-abate) emissions, and clean up ‘legacy’ emissions already in the atmosphere. Carbon removal is being taken up at multiple levels of governance: from a renegotiation of the structure of carbon accounting and offset markets, to the Paris Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to a wave of Net Zero commitments aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050 sweeping across companies in the global North, to the European Commission’s initiative on ‘carbon farming’.
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Working Group on Economic Downturn and Climate Action

Climate action by state and non-state actors has become increasingly urgent, if the world is to limit long-term global warming…

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Taskforce on New Technologies

The proposal for a new geological epoch dominated by human activity – the Anthropocene – highlights the planet-shaping power of…

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Urban Working Group

The Urban Working Group of the Earth System Governance Project was created at the end of a meeting on Urban…

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Working Group on Planetary Health Justice

Human, animal and environmental health constitutes a critically important issue in relation to earth system governance, with far-reaching equity and…

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Taskforce on Anticipatory Governance

This taskforce seeks to foster a generation of researchers and practitioners with anticipatory expertise and experience around anticipatory governance that…

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Taskforce on Ocean Governance

The Taskforce on Ocean Governance seeks to address the daunting multi-level challenge of oceans governance in the Anthropocene. It brings…

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Early Career Researchers – What should you expect from your trip to Toronto?

We are so looking forward to the ESG conference in 6 weeks in Toronto, Canada. If…

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The Netherlands must bring UN Sustainable Development Goals into its political debate

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Announcement of Keynote Speaker Tzeporah Berman
We are delighted to announce that Tzeporah Berman will give the keynote address at the Opening Plenary at the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance. 

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Annabelle (Belle) Workman
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Dr. Tariro Kamuti
Research Fellows
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David Gordon
Research Fellows
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