Executive Director, UN Environment
The answer to the tragedy of the commons is the answer to how we bring it within this horizon. We are smart enough, and have resources aplenty to solve our problems. We need the will and motivation—personal and political—to do it. For that to happen, we need to make an appeal within the care horizon.
Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science; President, British Academy
The agenda that preserves our global commons is also the only sustainable route to growth and poverty reduction. But action with real pace and scale is urgent: the window of opportunity is narrow. The decisions we make over the next 15 years will determine what kind of world we will have for the rest of the century
President, Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice
We are custodians of our planet, a global commons that, by 2050, will be home to some 9 billion people. It is our duty to live in such a way that the precious, life sustaining environment which keeps us is passed to future generations in at least as healthy a state as we received it from those before us.
Director General, IUCN
Despite such tremendous forces of transformation as climate change and dramatic socioeconomic inequality, there are credible and accessible political, economic, cultural and technological choices that can promote general welfare in ways that support and even enhance our planet’s natural assets.
President and CEO, World Resources Institute
Four revolutionary shifts in social and economic life are needed to tame Bigfoot-style economic impacts and safeguard the global commons: transforming cities, re-thinking food and agriculture, decarbonizing energy systems, and transitioning from linear approaches to production, design, use and disposal of materials to circular economic models.
Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Caroline Zimm, Research Assistant, Transitions to New Technologies, IIASA
Jointly implementing all the SDGs would contribute both to further human development and to safeguarding the commons and the stability of the Earth systems. Importantly, joint implementation that avoids silo-type thinking would be cheaper and faster than tackling them separately
Chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission
What we need—and urgently—is a radical shift in perception by the private sector to view the global goals as the greatest economic opportunity any generation has had, rather than a burden and constraint to growth.
Head of Public-Private Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, WEF
Someone will have to do all this, and soon, or these wicked problems will come home to roost, and we will never properly address the competing challenges of managing our global commons and ensuring needed economic development. Then, as ever, it is likely to be the poorest people who will lose out.
Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Convener, Mission 2020
We are at a precarious point for the fate of the global commons. Our actions on climate protection over the next few years will determine whether we continue on a path of exponentially growing national disasters, or pivot onto a path toward a safer, more prosperous world.
President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
“Business is in a unique position to observe and intervene in many issues facing the global commons — from reducing emissions and addressing climate change,
to stopping ocean pollution and fixing broken food systems. Across the world, companies are stepping up to meet the challenge.”
CEO and Chairperson, GEF
“Operating within the planetary boundaries is not just the only way to ensure healthy economies, but has the potential to provide much greater and better shared growth than sticking to business as usual. Safeguarding and enhancing the global commons is therefore the wisest investment we can possibly make”