The cover of New Humanist's autumn 2023 issue says 'The future needs you' with a finger pointing towards the reader

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The time to act is now

As floods, fires and soaring temperatures threaten millions across the globe, we explore what morality demands of us in the battle for the future of people and planet.

The power of unpopular protest

Historian Ken Worpole unearths what today's climate protesters can learn from the pacifists of the Second World War.

"To win the respect of the next generation is no small achievement. How many of us will be able to say the same? Or will future generations look back at us as the cohort who failed to act on our principles?"

International climate lawyer Farhana Yamin explains why she decided to take drastic action for what she believes in.

"I had been a legal adviser in the United Nations climate negotiations for nearly 30 years – but that Tuesday I decided it was time to join those who had chosen to break the law."

Stopping the superbugs

Oxford University researcher Tess Johnson says there is still time to stop the catastrophe of antibiotic resistance, if we all play our part.

"It is our actions that will save others. The question is, what do we owe current and future people suffering the outcomes of antimicrobial resistance?"

Saving the soil

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, sees industrial agriculture as a major threat to our future.

"If we continue with industrial agriculture then the very thing we need for the production of most of our food – the soil – will be gone within a single human lifetime."

Exploiting outer space?

Beyond planet Earth, astrophysicist Briley Lewis explores the new breed of companies engaged in the dangerous race to mine an asteroid. Some say it could help tackle climate change and generate enormous wealth. And yet...

"Despite the benefits being almost too good to be true, many are wary about opening up space to commercial ventures."

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Rohingya refugees cross a river
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Also in this issue:

  • Indian opposition MP Shashi Tharoor on how to resist the Hindu far right
  • Samira Ahmed on how trendy vegans are ruining our relationship with food
  • As Turkey reaches its 100th birthday, William Eichler on how it abandoned its secular roots
  • Qadri Inzamam meets the man fighting to keep the Rohingya language alive against the odds
  • Amy Fallon learns about the schools educating the next generation of humanists in Uganda, one of the most Christian countries on the planet
  • Brendan Montague on why we all have a right to camp on Dartmoor
  • Marie Le Conte on how the Barbie movie made fools of us all
  • Hussein Kesvani looks at how Andrew Tate's conversion to Islam is helping him take his misogynistic agenda global
  • Caroline Crampton on the surprise success of Lupin, the French renegade
  • Tim Brinkhof on how political unrest in Peru is affecting a unique community
  • Yo Zushi on why you shouldn't be aiming to DESTROY your opponent in debate
  • PLUS: Columns from Michael Rosen, Laurie Taylor and Marcus Chown, book reviews, poems, cryptic crossword and Chris Maslanka's quiz

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New Humanist, a quarterly magazine of culture, ideas, science and philosophy, is published by the Rationalist Association, a 136-year-old charity promoting reason and free enquiry.