Our Work

Reports

  • Report: The Need for Strategic Food Policy in Australia
    Summary Food is the most interconnected policy issue any government faces. In Australia, governing the food system cuts across many policy areas, including agriculture, fisheries, rural infrastructure, indigenous affairs, water, environment, drought, emergency management, animal welfare, waste, health, poverty, education, immigration, defence, industry, transport and cost of living. Although we are endowed with plentiful natural resources, […]

Letter to All Australians

In July of 2020, the Commission published a Letter to All Australians with the support of 200 public figures as well as 3,166 concerned citizens. You can read the letter and the list of signatories here.

Articles

  • Toward our Human Future: Catastrophic risk, the public good, and the importance of community
    Dr Arnagretta Hunter, Chair of the Commission for the Human Future(Crossposted from The Power to Persuade) The pathway toward our best human future became clearer recently when I had the privilege of hosting a webinar between two great thinkers: Luke Kemp who considers the collapse of civilisations and human survival in the face of catastrophic […]
  • Building resilience key to withstanding sudden shocks to the system
    When the haze cleared from one of the worst bushfire seasons in memory, none of us expected to begin recovery in the grip of a pandemic. Governments cannot necessarily predict the onset of such shocking events, but we can prepare for them – and build community resilience to withstand them…
  • The Covid-19 recovery is an opportunity for systemic change. Our future hangs in the balance
    “In September 2019, people from all walks of life stood together, waving banners and leading chants, to demand action on climate change. Across Australia, 300,000 people gathered outside parliaments, in parks and on the streets for the climate strike, creating the largest climate protest in our nation’s history. We envisioned a different future. A future […]

CHF in the media

  • The Covid-19 recovery is an opportunity for systemic change. Our future hangs in the balance
    “In September 2019, people from all walks of life stood together, waving banners and leading chants, to demand action on climate change. Across Australia, 300,000 people gathered outside parliaments, in parks and on the streets for the climate strike, creating the largest climate protest in our nation’s history. We envisioned a different future. A future […]
  • ANU Reporter: Our survival as a species requires urgent action
    “In 2020 the idea of interdependent, interrelated risks to our future shifted from a concept to reality, becoming lived experience for many Australians. Over the last few years, we have survived drought and an extraordinary fire season. We’ve seen towns without water, fierce storms, and then the COVID-19 pandemic. This growing risk of frequent, intense […]
  • The Canberra Times: Commission for the Human Future calls for action on global catastrophic risks
    “Bruce Pascoe describes the newly green forest growing through the burned-out bushland where he’s pulled over on the road 10 minutes from his home in Mallacoota. “When I drove through here on January 1 where I’m parked right now was totally black – parts were still on fire,” he said. “Yet now she has produced […]
  • Canberra Weekly: Prominent Australians call for action on global threats
    “The Commission for the Human Future – led by former Liberal Party leader John Hewson and business leader Paul Barratt – has written an open letter to all Australians urging them to take action in the face of major threats to humanity.  The letter calls “on all governments, industries and people to join together” and […]
  • Scimex: Prominent Australians call for a plan to ensure the human future
    “Media personalities, leading scientists and academics, business and civil society leaders, former politicians and famous artists, including legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes, have signed an open letter urging all Australians to take action in the face of major threats to humanity’s future. The letter, from the Commission for the Human Future – an initiative supported by […]
  • ABC: Science denial among the greatest risks to humanity, new ‘call to arms’ report finds
    “…The fledgling Commission for the Human Future (CHF) believes influential members of the political class have showed “disdain for scientific knowledge” and says “some were actively hostile to it”. “This has led to scientific advice being ignored and scientific investment cut because it does not suit short-term political agendas or unfounded political beliefs,” it states […]