Surviving Humanity


As we struggle with climate change and growing inequality, photographer Alberto Giuliani explores what the future of humanity looks like.


Climate change, a growing world population, and species close to extinction—for the first time in human history, we face challenges that endanger the very survival of our species.

But experts are busy building the tools that could help us defeat that fate. In the series Surviving Humanity, photographer Alberto Giuliani meets the scientists who will determine our destiny, and explores the places where they design our resilience.

“This project was born from a simple question from my son. Watching the news on TV he asked me: ‘what will the world be like when I grow up?’” Giuliani explains. He decided to try to give his son an answer. In his search, he met with scientists who are build- ing new biospheres, tinkering with the human genome and, if worst comes to worst, are even preparing to move our species to Mars.

But, more importantly, he came face to face with the painful truth that humanity itself is to blame for the mess it is in. “I hope that getting to know the future could lead us to consider more closely what we do in our present,” Giuliani concludes. Because, while some of us are working to come up with solutions, others continue to further our problems. For humanity to survive, we might therefore first need to survive humanity.


In Japan, humanoid robots are used in hospitality, health care, teaching, and even in fulfilling maternity needs.

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NASA astronauts on the slopes of the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii, where they simulate life on Mars. Six young space pioneers lived in isolatation for a year, developing techniques for growing vegetables and foods in the most hostile climate imaginable. In the countdown to us colonizing the Red Planet, they have perfected our Martian home away from home.


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen, where all the countries in the world (including North Korea) have deposited seeds of their local crops to pro- tect biodiversity from any accidental and catastrophic loss. Middle image: a living room in one of the most luxurious bunkers in the USA, where thousands of people plan to hide out in case of catastrophe.


The cryo capsule of a young girl. In Phoenix and Detroit, where they experiment with cryopreservation, over six hundred people have already decided to be frozen for reawakening.


The first artificial sun (Synlight) in Julich, Germany.

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The Eden Project in Cornwall is the world’s largest biosphere and is meant to preserve the biodiversity of rapidly dwindling tropical forests.



These photos appear in Are We Europe #5: Code of Conscience

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