IESP is a network of scientists, politicians, administrators, and entrepreneurs
who share a deep concern about the crises that challenge humanity today.
These crises are caused by
- excess emission of greenhouse gases and the resulting global warming and climate change;
- elimination of ecosystems to satisfy human desires;
- pollution of the atmosphere, water, and soil;
- mismanagement of businesses and countries;
- increasing social split-up.
To overcome these crisis
it is necessary to provide workable solutions based on a holisitic approach.
With its activities, IESP attempts to contribute to this quest.
- understand the significance of today's Earth System crises for the survival of future generations
- realize the urgency of effective action;
- feel responsible for the preservation of today's Earth System to ensure a harmonic coexistence of nature and humanity on our planet;
- aim to share scientific knowledge and expertise with the public and with decision makers at large
Since 2008, IESP has grown into a global network of scientists, decision makers, and members from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Its purpose is to contribute to advances in Earth system science through thematic-based conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures and publications. It serves as a liaison between experts, decision makers and the public to promote a mutually, beneficial exchange and to provide access to current scientific knowledge. Its activities contribute to policy debate by providing a common platform for discussion on sustainable development of ecosystems, economic and societal systems and their interrelationships. The IESP network has more than 50 international members from the fields of sustainability research, energy engineering and environmental sciences, natural resource technology, environmental engineering, climate dynamics, risk assessment, industrial ecology, political sciences, economics, and more. The network works with organizational staff located on the campus of the Technical University Munich in Garching, Germany.
Goals and missions
of IESP are summarized in the "Zugspitze Declaration on the Responsibility of Humanity for the Functioning of the Earth System."
A result of the workshop on "Earth System Engineering – The Art of Dealing Wisely with the Planet Earth," held 23 – 26 September 2008, in Wildbad-Kreuth, Germany.
To get a better understanding of IESP's work, follow this link to download summaries and memoranda of IESP's past events.