Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, Robert Costanza, How Defining Planetary Boundaries Can Transform Our Approach to Growth, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2011, Pages 59-65 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/how-defining-planetary-boundaries-can-transform-our-approach-to-growth/) Abstract: Author Note: This article is based on the papers “A safe operating space for humanity,”1 published in Nature, and “Planetary boundaries: Exploring the safe operating space for humanity,”2 published in Ecology and Society. See these papers for a complete description of the planetary boundaries. Here, we present the underlying concepts and suggest ways to limit continued growth of the material economy on a finite planet. The Challenge Over the past half century, we have become adept at dealing with environmental problems on a local and global scale. The worst excesses of the Industrial Revolution have, in many cases, been ameliorated. Rivers, such as the Thames in London, have been cleaned up and the air quality in major cities, such as Los Angeles, is better. Synthetic pesticides once sprayed on our crops, such as DDT, have been banned in most developed countries, and lead has been removed from petroleum-based fuels. These impressive successes have been celebrated, … Topics: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Environment; Globalization; Sustainability