One Earth, One Mankind: How to Live in Harmony with Our Planet


The Earth system has provided us with a home, food and the necessary resources for the survival human societies for thousands of years. However, since the beginning of the industrial era, relentless push for economic growth and technological advancement as well as unprecedented speed of population growth have accelerated the stress and strain on our natural resources and the ecosystems, threatening biodiversity and the very existence of our civilization. Increasing scarcity of resources has also led to wars, conflicts, and rising polarisation across and within societies, and with wealth concentrated in the hands of the very few, millions of people are left behind in poverty.

There has been an increasing awareness of the urgency to tackle climate crisis in recent years. There have been plenty of discussions around the need to reduce the rising greenhouse gas and the warming global temperature, but coordination failure amongst both political leaders and the general public as well as economic interests often lead to inaction. How can we - as an individual - improve our interaction with the planet that we call “home”?

This lecture will bring together cutting-edge research findings from multiple disciplines including geology, behavioural science, agricultural economics, biophysics, and others, to explore what has gone wrong (and is still going wrong) with the current economic system and the current practices in agricultural sector and others, the false belief in economic growth, driven by our own behavioural and cognitive biases; and what can be done differently?

This day event will be very interactive with lots of group activities and discussions. The aim is to get participants to think about what they can each contribute to the must-needed changes and how we can coordinate better, so that we can live more in harmony with our planet.

Programme details

8.45am                 Registration

9.00-9.30am         Introduction

(Introduction to the course, learning objectives, and the programme for the day)

9.30-10.30am      Panel Discussion I: The Earth Systems and What have we done?

  • Earth system processes: Climate and Biodiversity    
  • A planet of resources – Land, Water, Energy, Minerals
  • Humans:

- Consumption-focused Economy, Industrial and Technological Revolutions

- Human population growth, inequalities

- Behavioural Biases

- Political Economy & Coordination Failure

  • Temperature rising & greenhouse effect, eco-systems and biodiversity degradation, source of emissions & negative feedback loops
  • The Paris Agreement and what it means in practice.

10.30-11am           Coffee/tea

11.00-11.45am       Break-out group discussion I:  What did we get wrong, where we are now, and where we do want to be?

  • Each group focuses on specific sector (transport, energy, food, housing, etc).
  • Reflect on the industry practices and their own behaviour
  • Set a goal and target on where they want to achieve both for the sector and as an individual

11.45-12.30:     Groups present their summary to the whole class + Panel gives feedback

12.30-1.30pm   Lunch

1.30-2.30pm     Panel Discussion II: Solutions and Actions: What can we realistically do?

  • Individual
  • Collective/Movements
  • Systems (economics/political)

Energy and Technology

2.30-3.00pm               Tea/coffee

3.00- 3.45pm              Break-out group discussion II:  Group Discussion on solution ideas – steps needed to achieve your targets

3.45-4.30pm               Groups present their summary to the whole class + Panel gives                            feedback

4.30-5pm                    Final thoughts and concluding remarks from the panel

5pm                             Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £80.00
Baguette £5.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau

Guest Speaker

Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau is a Structural and Plate Tectonics Advisor with Halliburton-Landmark. He has 12 years of industry experience as a geoscientist in the energy sector, specialising in the building of global plate tectonic models and subsurface models in data poor and structurally complex regions. More recently his interest has focussed on minerals exploration and the prediction of global resources such as porphyry copper as well as the transfer of subsurface modeling technics to the exploration of geothermal fields. As a post-graduate geologist, he worked on the kinematic evolution of the Zagros Fold-and-Thrust Belt and the evolution of the Southern Tethys paleo-ocean. Dr Wrobel-Daveau has BSc and MSc degrees in geochemistry, geochronology and cosmonucleids dating methods from University of Grenoble, France and a PhD in structural geology and detrital thermochronology from Cergy-Pontoise University, France.

Dr Mark Hirons


Departmental Lecturer and Director of the MSc/MPhil in Environmental Change and Management

Dr Michael Obersteiner


Dr Michael Obersteiner is the Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Dr Donna Harris

Director of Studies and Tutor

Donna is a Behavioural and Experimental Economist who uses interdisciplinary methods that combine psychology, economics, and neuroscience to study individual and group behaviours with policy applications in developing countries

Her current research examines how social identity and social interactions (through observing other’s choices and face-to-face communication) influence people’s decisions and behaviours in a wide range of context. These include resource allocation, charitable giving and social preferences, cooperation, financial learning and financial decisions, decisions involving risk and uncertainty, and cooperation in public goods. She also works on in-group favouritism and out-group discrimination and whether social norm enforcement can be used to deter in-group favouritism. She is also interested in studying corruption, particularly personal connections and nepotism and different policy interventions that could be used to combat corruption.

Donna holds PhD and MPhil in Economics from University of Cambridge, MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK.


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