Commission for The Human Future

The Commission for The Human Future (CHF) is a body of researchers and concerned citizens dedicated to finding and developing solutions to the greatest challenge in human history - the complex of catastrophic global threats that now confront us all.

These risks include: ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, global warming, global poisoning, food insecurity, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion. They are often seen and treated as separate issues, but in reality are deeply intertwined: each affects the others. This means they cannot be dealt with one at a time, but must be addressed in an integrated way – and by the whole of humanity.

The end of civilization and human extinction are distasteful topics. Nobody likes discussing them and many people prefer to ignore them as they go about their daily lives. But ignoring them does not banish or reduce the risk – it only leaves humanity less prepared, our future more perilous. There is no other way to deal with such a complex problem than to face up to it, to understand it thoroughly, and to then take resolute and agreed species-wide action to prevent it.

The aim of this website is to gather and share information on existential risks and their global solution as widely as possible. We will also explore the fresh opportunities which many of the solutions will offer. We encourage all visitors to take part in the discussion of our common future in a helpful, creative and respectful manner.


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.

Please select this link to see further details about the Board.