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Protecting The Future Of Humanity
Creating A World We Can Be Proud Of
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We want the human race to become an intentional and forward-looking species with the global tools to improve itself and protect itself from global catastrophic threats.

We are building a grassroots movement encouraging citizens around the world to push for transformation of the United Nations system.

Managing global risks requires strong global systems.

The Human Survival Project
is a global grassroots organization
aimed at managing catastrophic
threats to civilization, by pushing for a more capable United Nations.
The Human Survival Podcast
and YouTube channel is hosted
by Shelby Mertes.  It is aimed at a global audience.  Experts and regular people will find the show useful and interesting.
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What if we had a world we could be proud of?

The human race is beautiful, and worth saving.


We face several existential threats, like climate change, environmental destruction, pandemics, nuclear weapons and risky new technology like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.  We humans have put ourselves in a dangerous situation.


No country alone can save us.

We need global solutions to deal with these global threats.


Human population has exploded in just a couple hundred years,
along with humans’ damage to the planet.

We have a busy, crowded, interconnected world. 

We do not have adequate tools to manage our collective behavior.


The United Nations and other global systems are not yet up to the task.  We have not invested our attention and resources to equip them for today’s challenges.  We humans need to be more intentional about our future.


The Human Survival Project works to create a world we can all be proud of.

We hope you will join us.

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