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Palestra: De Observatório Geofísico a Observatório do Sistema Terrestre

Sede da Casa Comum da Humanidade
Observatório da Serra do Pilar da Universidade do Porto


De Observatório Geofísico a Observatório do Sistema Terrestre

Um projeto pioneiro a nível mundial

Paulo Magalhães – Common Home of Humanity/ CIJE-FDUP
Alessandro Galli - Common Home of Humanity/Global Footprint Network
Nathalie Meusy – Common Home of Humanity/European Space Agency

Dia 1 de Fevereiro, 17.30h

Anfiteatro -120 do Departamento de Física e Astronomia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto


Science has shown that what is at stake is not “saving the planet”, but rather ensuring the continuity of a favourable state of the Earth System for humankind. That means that Earth away from a favourable state cannot serve as our “Common Home”. Scientific knowledge has already identified the variables that determine the state of this system, the so-called "Planet Boundaries", which define the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. This qualitative and quantitative space for security is intangible and non-territorial, and constitutes our real Global Common Heritage. The legal sciences have already recognized the existence of intangible legal assets as a solution for the protection of certain interests or assets that are relevant to human societies. The objective is to put forward a proposal so that the favourable state of the Earth System as a whole, the current geological epoch, the Holocene, is recognise as Intangible Common Heritage of Humanity. Based in the University of Porto, the project aims to legally recognize the favourable state of the Earth System as a Common Heritage of Humankind. It has already partners around the world, who recognize Portugal - the Port of Gaia - as the place to host the Common Home of Humanity. If the headquarters of the legal research is based at CIJE - Faculty of Law of the University of Porto, nothing better than to use a building of the Geophysical Observatory of Serra do Pilar, that is dedicated to the study of the planet since 1885, located in GAIA – the name of the Earth System – and equipped to host the Common House of Humanity and the first Observatory of the Earth System in the World.


Paulo Magalhães

Jurist and researcher at CIJE- Center for Legal and Economic Research, Faculty of Law University of Porto. He holds a PhD in Human Ecology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon. In 2007, published "The Earth Condominium: From Climate Change to a New Juridic Conception of the Planet". In 2016, is co-editor of the “SOS Treaty - The Safe Operating Space Treaty: A New Approach to Managing Our Use of the Earth System”. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Common Home of Humanity, an International Association that will be based at the University of Porto, and proposes a new global legal construction based on new knowledge about the functioning of the Earth System.

He is member of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Global Commons Cluster for the United Nations and co-founder of ELGA – Environmental Law and Governance Association. He is also co-founder and member of the General Council of the Portuguese NGO, ZERO - Sustainable Earth System Association.


Alessandro Galli

Alessandro works in the Research and Standards Department of Global Footprint Network, contributing to research on the Ecological Footprint methodology and technical publications. His research focuses on the analyses of the historical changes on the human dependence on natural resources and ecological services through the use of sustainability indicators and environmental accounting methods. Previously, he has worked as a technical advisor to the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) on the Al Basama Al Beeiya (Ecological Footprint) Initiative in the United Arab Emirates. Alessandro holds a PhD degree in Chemical Sciences from Siena University. In April 2011, he has been invited as MARSICO Visiting Scholar at University of Denver, CO, USA.
He is co-author of several publications and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as the article “Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines” published in 2010 in the leading journal Science, and the recently released WWF's Living Planet Report 2012. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Resources: Natural Resources and Management.


Nathalie Meusy

Since November 2008, Nathalie Meusy is the Head of the Coordination Office on Sustainable Development at the European Space Agency (ESA) of the Director General’s Cabinet. She has previously launched the sustainable development initiative at ESA in 2007. She has, since then, developed the first framework policy on sustainable development for ESA, to be applied in its environment and energy activities, its programme activities and in the governance and ethics of the whole organisation. She has also conceived and launched the first report on sustainable development for ESA (the first one for a space agency in Europe), based on experts inputs, and has drawn up the basis of the first assessment scheme (with generic and specific indicators) in the sustainability field for the Agency. She has supported collaborative projects inside and outside ESA concerning sustainability issues and, in particular, started a dedicated cooperation with NASA. Nathalie Meusy obtained law degrees from the Paris XI and Besançon Universities and studied thereafter social sciences at La Sorbonne University (Paris). She started her career in journalism and intellectual property related to photographic work (Magnum Photos Agency). Thereafter, Ms. Meusy joined ESA in 1987 as a lawyer/administrator in the Human Resources Department. She has worked, as Head of Social Policies, all ESA establishments and directorates from a legal and social point of view for 15 years.

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