Human society and the economy operate within the framework set by the natural environment, in a relationship of interaction and interdependence. In recent years it has become increasingly evident that human activity has been seriously impacting the integrity and stability of the natural environment. From intensifying natural disasters and other climate change impacts to the severe degradation of ecosystems and massive loss of biodiversity, humanity is being reminded of the catastrophic consequences of trespassing certain planetary boundaries.

In the final analysis, it is not about the planet as such - it could heal itself eventually - but about human security and the quality of life for future generations.

By broadening the discussion on issues such as climate change, land use, water, food, energy, natural resource pricing, production and consumption patterns, as well as environmental governance, FOGGS aspires to contribute to resolving some of the apparent conflicts between environmental protection and human development.