The Tyler Prize celebrated Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam at several events honoring him as the winner of the 2024 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Congratulations Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström! Watch the 2024 Laureate video here.

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“We need to listen to scientists like Johan Rockström,” Harrison Ford said in response to the win. The vice chair of Conservation International—an environmental organization where Rockström also serves as chief scientist—Ford called Rockström “a trailblazer, a brilliant mind, a remarkable person.”

The Tyler Prize Executive Committee awarded the USD$250,000 Prize to Rockström for his “science-based approach to sustainable development for people on a stable and resilient planet.”

One of the most-cited researchers in the world, Rockström’s Planetary Boundaries framework identifies the natural systems supporting human life on Earth and the changes that can be safely made within them without severely altering life on the planet as we know it.


First published in 2009, the Planetary Boundaries integrate nine systems that determine the functioning and the state of the planet. They provide life-support to humans, and include systems we all rely upon, such as clean water, a stable climate, and vibrant biodiversity. This framework has helped shape public response to climate change and sustainable development, including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


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Established in 1973 by the late John and Alice Tyler, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is one of the first international premier awards for environmental science, environmental health, and energy.

Recipients encompass the spectrum of environmental concerns, including environmental policy, health, air and water pollution, ecosystem disruption and loss of biodiversity, and energy resources. Individuals and organizations chosen have conferred great benefits upon mankind.