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Human Society Adapting to Climate Crisis

We humans can reverse climate change through political, corporate and non-profit collaboration, moving society to alternate sources of energy.  Our Project encourages this tripartite collaboration, but has a different focus:  helping global society adapt to continuing and worsening climate change effects.

In the first chapter of The Last Humans, we describe how higher education around the world, acting in concert, can engage millions of students and graduates in efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in areas of the world.  

We welcome those who can help.

A Win Win Win -- 

The Last Humans Project is a Win, Win, Win


As you read more about the Project, you will see it has idea sources in a number of thought domains and that its goals are also multi-pronged.  But, it’s not “all over the landscape,” or essentially fragmented.  Instead it is actually fully coherent despite its disparate parts.  It draws heavily on human evolution studies, on learning theory, on the history of technology, and on the drive to re-design higher education to align with the needs of this century.  But, all of this is aimed at human society surviving and perhaps even thriving during this century.


Here are the ways that we “win” by implementing this project:


  1. Higher education needs to re-embrace its central position in creating and sustaining a civil society so the Project offers it this chance.

  2. Doing so in the ways described in this Project will raise the recognition of higher education in the world, moving it away from an over-emphasis on employment (still important, of course) and more toward the historic positioning of higher education at the center of the life-force of society.  Higher education is a business but it is a lot more than that too.  

  3. Students in the “extinction rebellion” curriculum/major will experience the best learning situation possible – working toward real world issues that are urgent, working in groups, needing to communicate for real consequences, pushing the limits of their creativity, making connections as undergraduates with important organizations, and graduating as already-involved leaders in the world.  

  4. Local communities will benefit from planning for resilience during critical climate change affects. 

  5. Global higher education will work collaboratively on a whole-species project and can set a pattern for good leadership in the world.  

  6. Humanity will have a better chance of surviving, largely intact, during the climate crisis in this century and the centuries to come.  

  7. And, all of this work through the Project would be good to do even if there were no climate crisis.  

The Last Humans Project has started this month, January 2020, in an unusual way:  the launch is really an invitation.  I am inviting others in higher education or in non-profit organizations or even in for-profit organizations to adopt parts of this project with only the requirement of attribution – if you do seek a grant or start an initiative based on Last Humans ideas, attribute the source of the ideas as The Last Humans Project,  Thanks.

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