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01 Future of the Planet and Humanity

Council. on. the. Uncertain. Human. Future.

Climate Change and Environmental Degradation

Environmental Degradation
02 Uncertain Human Future

Sustained. Conversation.

The Council on the Uncertain Human Future is a sustained conversation among twelve distinguished scholars and artists whose personal commitments and professional expertise qualify them to consider at a deep level the future of the planet and humanity in relationship to climate change and environmental degradation.

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New Insights
03 Attitudes and Actions

Purpose. of. the. Council.

The purpose of the Council is twofold: to further the capacity of the humanities to convene vital conversations on central issues of the Anthropocene, and to encourage new insights among Council members who might be influential in the transformation of attitudes and actions as we move toward a future on a radically altered planet.

04 Retreats

Council. Sessions.

Held in three two-day retreats over the course of 2014, the Council is considering the nature and scale of the climate crisis (Council One), what that information portends for humans and the planet (Council Two) and how we as humans might best choose to respond to these challenges and uncertainties (Council Three).

The Council will share aspects of their conversation and collective insights following the its completion, in writing, video, or both.

08 Convening

Local. Councils.

The project encourages convening of local councils by CHCI member humanities centers and other groups. Local councils have access to the Guide to Convening a Council on the Uncertain Human Future, and can contact the Convener for other resources as well as advice on launching a council.

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05 Contributors & Researchers

Council. Members.