About PLAN

Mission: The Planetary Limits Academic Network (PLAN) aims to raise awareness about critical systemic challenges facing the human endeavor in this century by building a network of scholars across the disciplines to collectively address them.

Approach: PLAN seeks to do this by fostering a radically interdisciplinary approach to creating viable responses grounded in an understanding of planetary and ecological limits.

Composition: We welcome motivated individuals whose current scholarly work may or may not directly address these concerns. While we anticipate that the majority of our members will hail from academic institutions (hence the “A” in PLAN), we also welcome scholars working in government laboratories, non-profits, think tanks, and similar institutions of scholarship.

The network currently consists of 94 Members, 11 Collaborators, and 332 Subscribers.

Learn more about our Goals:

Build a Network of Scholars

Promote Research and Scholarship

Improve Undergraduate Education

Reach Beyond the Campus

Learn about our Foundational Principles:

The assimilative capacity of the natural systems of Earth is finite

Human activities are not exempt from the physical laws of the universe

Humans are a part of nature, not apart from nature

Resource usage today impacts future quality of life

Resilience, not growth, sustains complex systems

See the full set of ten Foundational Principles

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Guide to whether PLAN membership is right for you


PLAN is a decentralized network of scholars which is not based in a single institution—by design. Direct inquiries to plan.limits at gmail.com, and we will endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible.