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The Last Humans Project:
How Civil Society Can Save Humanity
April 11, 2020
A Message to the People of the Earth
We are now, all of us humans -- the last human species to survive -- unable to determine our “normal.” We thought we could. We thought we were in charge.
Each and every one of us will be affected by serial global pandemics and serial climate disasters during the rest of this century. We have learned this hard lesson in just the past 2 months.
We humans have been far too “successful” as a species in not only surviving but growing in numbers. Too successful because, in our drive to grow, we have unbalanced our ecosystem, our Earth. The dynamics of the ecosystem we now live within are not the same as the ecosystem in which we evolved. We can no longer set the terms for our “normal.” It is being set for us at this point. We are now, as a species, back to a survival of the fittest challenge, but it is now “survival of the fittest society.”
Our society, we just learned, is not “fit” for the new ecosystem. Why? We humans now depend absolutely on fragile global systems of vital supplies, finance, health, scientific discovery, disaster response, information and on to all aspects of the global civilization we have created. We thought we had ended evolution and that we humans now lived in a built environment impervious to nature. We forgot that mother nature is more powerful than we are.