Humanity has a long history of causing environmental problems but their pace, scale, extent, and severity has been unprecedented over the last decades. Numerous reports, agreements, and conventions on environmental concerns have been published since the 1960s. Although scientific knowledge relating to such problems has increased immensely, they remain to be unresolved. Instead, the issues have multiplied. The latest warning for humanity considering the threats that Earth’s biosphere is facing due to our actions was published in 2017 and signed by over 15 000 scientists (Ripple et al. 2017). It listed 13 actions that, according to the signatories, would change the present trajectory and help to save essential life conditions for future generations. There were several young scientists among the signatories. Young scientists belong to a generation that has lived its whole life in the era of acknowledged global environmental crisis and for which the older generations gave a promise to save the world already for decades ago. In this workshop we want to gather members of this young generation of scientists and brainstorm together what novel solutions there might be to the current burning environmental challenges. We wish to contemplate on how to do science in the future to better support solving of environmental problems, asking how can we do our bit in ensuring the wellbeing of planet Earth? The workshop is targeted for PhD students and doctors who have graduated during the year 2018. It consists of small-group discussions. To ensure communicative participation, the maximum number of participants is 30. During the workshop, discussions will be documented through audio-recording and photography, allowing for later data qualitative data analysis. We will report the outcomes of the workshop through a peer-reviewed essay which will be published as a scientific paper. All workshop participants are welcome to contribute to the essay and join in as authors.
Ripple W.J., Wolf C., Newsome T.M., Galetti M., Alamgir M., Crist E., Mahmoud M.I., Laurance W.F. and 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries. 2017. World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. BioScience 67: 1026‒1028.