The status of Earth’s civilisation has reached a pivotal moment. The population, now exceeding seven billion inhabitants, continues to grow. Humans are an interdependent species and know that collaboration rather than confrontation is the key to securing civilisation while continuing to maintain progress with peace and freedom. The technological capabilities to do so are becoming available to anyone anywhere on our planet. Yet, instead of peace and progress on a global scale, war in its many forms has become the norm throughout the world today. Overt and covert military activities, economic and financial manipulations, propaganda and disinformation, surveillance and policing are being used by governments against their declared opponents and against their own citizens as well.
Humanists maintain an accurate accounting of each wasted life lost to war while others profit through the manufacture of weapons and their use to gain economic and political advantages. By contrast, it is difficult to secure funding for life-affirming projects such as commercial and cultural initiatives that would reduce social tensions, promote prosperity and alleviate the consequences of war that lead to mass migration and immigration pressures.