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Envisioning a brighter, safer future

The Commission for the Human Future is about building a better world and overcoming the catastrophic global risks that threaten humanity.

Change of Website Name

This website previously went under the name of Humans for Survival (H4S). It has changed its name to reflect the activities of the newly developed Commission for the Human Future (CHF) in Australia, which was formed late in 2019 and which has grown out of the work described here.

Earth 'driven to dangerous tipping point'

Evidence that irreversible changes in Earth’s climate systems are underway means we are in a state of planetary emergency, leading climate scientists warn.

Planetary arson and amplifying feedbacks

The release of some 910 billion tons of carbon dioxide is leading human society, indeed much of nature, to an existential impasse.

The Burning Earth

It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: that the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our very survival as a species are on the line. And it is past time to act.

Has the Collapse of Civilization already begun?

“It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.” These words are from a paper presented to the European Commission in Brussels, earlier this year. In the age of climate chaos, the collapse of civilization has moved from being a fringe, taboo issue to a mainstream concern. As the world reels under each fresh outbreak of crisis, the question of how bad things might get, and how soon, has become increasingly urgent.

Great Opportunities in the Face of Catastrophic Risks

A statement by leading Australians on the need to prepare ourselves for an uncertain future

Researchers warn: 1 in 20 risk 'climate may wipe out humanity'

Researchers at the US Scripps Institute have issued a warning that there is a 1-in-20 chance of temperature rises due to climate change causing the extinction of the human population. 

Can we save human civilization?

Julian Cribb in a hard-hitting interview with the Collapse Chronicles on the future of humanity and our chances of heading off what many now think is a looming catastrophe.

Survival Matters - podcasts about your future

Listen to our dynamic series of podcasts about the human future and how we build it.

 

 

Facing our greatest challenge

Short, thought-provoking talk by science author Julian Cribb on the existential emergency now facing all of humanity - and what we can do about it.

Food 'a threat to health and the environment'

Today's food systems threaten both human health and the world environment, warns The Lancet.

Is our food system destroying itself?

Biodiversity is indispensible to food security - yet around the world it is in decline, says FAO.

Remaking Australia

A recently released vision for a transformed Australia is highly pertinent to thinking about the way we deal with the major threats facing human civilisation.

Commission on Human Futures proposed

The proposed Australian Commission on Global Futures (CGF) will assist our nation to play its important role in a growing global movement to mitigate a group of threats to the long-term survival and wellbeing of humans on Planet Earth.

Key objectives of the CGF will be to:

UN Secretary General Sounds alarm

Climate change is the defining issue of our time — and we are at a defining moment, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "We face a direct existential threat. Climate change is moving faster than we are.

Losing Earth

When we had all the warnings at our fingertips, in 1979, we could have acted to save ourselves. But we didn't. And now it may be too late.The NYTimes reports 

We Are All Climate Refugees Now

This summer's fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland.

Legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment in Australia: useful, redundant, or dangerous?

In a recent PhD thesis [link to https://eprints.utas.edu.au/23438/], Meg Good explores whether legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment would be a useful tool for environmental protection in Australia.

Envisioning a brighter, safer future

The Commission for the Human Future is about building a better world and overcoming the catastrophic global risks that threaten humanity.

Change of Website Name

This website previously went under the name of Humans for Survival (H4S). It has changed its name to reflect the activities of the newly developed Commission for the Human Future (CHF) in Australia, which was formed late in 2019 and which has grown out of the work described here.

Earth 'driven to dangerous tipping point'

Evidence that irreversible changes in Earth’s climate systems are underway means we are in a state of planetary emergency, leading climate scientists warn.

Planetary arson and amplifying feedbacks

The release of some 910 billion tons of carbon dioxide is leading human society, indeed much of nature, to an existential impasse.

The Burning Earth

It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: that the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our very survival as a species are on the line. And it is past time to act.

Has the Collapse of Civilization already begun?

“It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.” These words are from a paper presented to the European Commission in Brussels, earlier this year. In the age of climate chaos, the collapse of civilization has moved from being a fringe, taboo issue to a mainstream concern. As the world reels under each fresh outbreak of crisis, the question of how bad things might get, and how soon, has become increasingly urgent.

Great Opportunities in the Face of Catastrophic Risks

A statement by leading Australians on the need to prepare ourselves for an uncertain future

Researchers warn: 1 in 20 risk 'climate may wipe out humanity'

Researchers at the US Scripps Institute have issued a warning that there is a 1-in-20 chance of temperature rises due to climate change causing the extinction of the human population. 

Can we save human civilization?

Julian Cribb in a hard-hitting interview with the Collapse Chronicles on the future of humanity and our chances of heading off what many now think is a looming catastrophe.

Survival Matters - podcasts about your future

Listen to our dynamic series of podcasts about the human future and how we build it.

 

 

Facing our greatest challenge

Short, thought-provoking talk by science author Julian Cribb on the existential emergency now facing all of humanity - and what we can do about it.

Food 'a threat to health and the environment'

Today's food systems threaten both human health and the world environment, warns The Lancet.

Is our food system destroying itself?

Biodiversity is indispensible to food security - yet around the world it is in decline, says FAO.

Remaking Australia

A recently released vision for a transformed Australia is highly pertinent to thinking about the way we deal with the major threats facing human civilisation.

Commission on Human Futures proposed

The proposed Australian Commission on Global Futures (CGF) will assist our nation to play its important role in a growing global movement to mitigate a group of threats to the long-term survival and wellbeing of humans on Planet Earth.

Key objectives of the CGF will be to:

UN Secretary General Sounds alarm

Climate change is the defining issue of our time — and we are at a defining moment, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "We face a direct existential threat. Climate change is moving faster than we are.

Losing Earth

When we had all the warnings at our fingertips, in 1979, we could have acted to save ourselves. But we didn't. And now it may be too late.The NYTimes reports 

We Are All Climate Refugees Now

This summer's fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland.

Legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment in Australia: useful, redundant, or dangerous?

In a recent PhD thesis [link to https://eprints.utas.edu.au/23438/], Meg Good explores whether legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment would be a useful tool for environmental protection in Australia.

ANUAustralia21The Commission is administered by an Independent Board and the website is managed by two board members Julian Cribb and Bob Douglas with assistance from website developer Darryl Seto. The commission grew out of initiatives by The Australian National University and Australia21.

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