Johan Rockström is the executive director of two international research institutions, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Stockholm Environment Institute, and a leading international scientist on global water resources and sustainable development. He has more than 15 years experience of research on agriculture, water resources, and ecosystem services, and over 100 research publications, including more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books.

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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 …

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