Welcome to Planetary Sustainability!

Space is our Environment, too

Megaconstellations in the night sky, junk in Earth’s orbit, the race to the moon and its resources: planetary sustainability comprising Earth and its space environment is ever more important.

Our Vision

Humans are setting out for the stars. Our space environment is being used more and more intensively, mega constellations are beginning to light up the night sky and disrupt science. Junk is accumulating in the more heavily used Earth orbits. Several countries now want to go to the Moon, and this time plan to use its resources.

As time on Earth is limited, we need to move. But we need ethical guidelines in the area of outer space, which is an international domain, especially because the law remains open to interpretation.
Moreover, we need to link the issues of sustainable space use with the environmental debate here on Earth: we should discuss an 18th Sustainable Development Goal for our space environment. #SDG18

About Us

This is a non-profit initiative aiming to foster the discussion by organizing an international workshop on topic.(#PLASUS21)
To make this happen, we started fundraising to establish and continue a research position at the University of Bern for Dr. Andreas Losch, MBA, who initiated this research in previous years.

Dr. Andreas Losch, MBA

What people say about planetary sustainability

People need natural resources to make a living and in the long run this will include natural resources from outer space.

COSPAR Assembly 2018 Member

We (as space researchers) need guidelines to decide how to conduct research benefiting sustainable development.

COSPAR Assembly 2018 Member

History & More Information

  • #SDG18 Talk
    Dr. Andreas Losch gave a talk at SAP’s Innovation for Purpose Meeting, promoting an 18th Sustainable Development “Space Environment”. Watch it here!
  • #PLASUS21 recordings available now
    Thank you for your interest in planetary sustainability 21: challenges, opportunities and necessities. You can now view the workshop sessions on youtube. Due to technical difficulties, the presentation by Andreas Losch was postponed to the beginning of the afternoon session. TheContinue reading “#PLASUS21 recordings available now”
  • #PLASUS21 Speakers
    Meet the esteemed speakers of our planetary sustainability workshop, and learn what they will talk about. Dr. Archinard will provide the Opening Remarks. Planetary Sustainability: the concept Humans are setting out for the stars. Our space environment is being used moreContinue reading “#PLASUS21 Speakers”
  • 2021 Crowdfunding Backers
    A big THANK YOU to all the backers of the 2021 crowdfunding on wemakeit.com, and to the… Workshop sponsorsFDFA, RefBeJusSo, UZH Space Hub, ISSI Bern PlanetJudith Pörksen Roder ProbeDaniel Hubacher MoonAndré Galli, Roland Jesseit, Edith Jacober CometMartin Rubin SatelliteCaroline Brugger AsteroidStephanieContinue reading “2021 Crowdfunding Backers”
  • Workshop sponsors
    The very first workshop sponsor is the UZH Space Hub, part of the UZH Innovation Hub, which is a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Zurich. It acts as a catalyst to accelerate the development of new inventionsContinue reading “Workshop sponsors”
  • Media Partner: spacewatch.global
    We are very happy to announce the media partner for our #PLASUS21 workshop: spacewatch.global! Best known by its global series of Space Cafés and the opinion pieces published on its website, Space Watch Global provides an independent perspective on space. WeContinue reading “Media Partner: spacewatch.global”
  • Space Café on Religion, Ethics and Space
    You can now listen to the recording of Moriba Jah’s space café on religion, ethics and space. It will help you understand more deeply why planetary sustainability is important. It was my great pleasure to participate in these bold and visionaryContinue reading “Space Café on Religion, Ethics and Space”
  • #PLASUS21 Workshop
    PLAnetary SUStainability 21: Challenges, Opportunities and Necessities The workshop connected space & global sustainability, key space actors and sustainability thinkers and took place on Thursday 29/4/21  9-17 CET online.View the recordings here. Schedule: 09:00-9:05 Opening: Natália Archinard (Swiss Federal Department of ForeignContinue reading “#PLASUS21 Workshop”
  • Collaborations
    This initiative looks for collaboration opportunities to explore relevant research. Our current scientific research collaborators include: Dr. Xiao-Shan Yap, Guest Assistant Professor, University of Utrecht,Environmental Social Scientist, EAWAG ‘We are now witnessing the dawn of an era in which the sustainabilityContinue reading “Collaborations”
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