What is a Planetary Human?

The 13 Seeds


Definition - Planetary Humans:


1  Live within a planetary OVERVIEW perspective

2  Live within an UNDER-VIEW of  'Primary-Awareness'

3  Identify as CREW members of  'Spaceship Earth'

4  Assume personal 'RESPONSE-ABILITY' toward the state of the world

5  Practice ECOLOGICALLY-REGENERATIVE lifestyle choices

6 Work toward establishing a singular worldwide EMPATHIC-CIVILIZATION

7 Celebrate the diversity of our ONE genetically-related HUMAN FAMILY

8  Live fluidly as 'POSSIBILIANS' rather than rigidly as 'believers'

9  Engage frequently in WHOLE-PLANET-CONTEMPLATION

10 Co-create grounded ECOLOGICAL-MINDSETS with all other humans

11 Work toward REGENERATING the habitats specific to all life-forms

12 Foster life-affirming BALANCE between the 'head' and the 'heart'

13 Commune with the Intelligence of Life through HEART-CENTERED LIVING


" Water - Germinate - and Plant these SEEDS."



Frank White, Overview Institute (USA) Co-founder, and author of the ground-breaking book The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (2014) has coined an expression that is very similar to the term planetary human - 'the terranaut.'


In his book he defines terranauts as: 

“... people who have achieved 'astronaut awareness’ without going into orbit or to the moon. They have realised that the Earth is a natural spaceship (described as ‘Spaceship Earth’ by Buckminster Fuller) and all of us are, in a very real sense, astronauts who make up its crew.” 

To find out more about the ‘Overview Effect’ and

   the development of planetary awareness go to:  


Video:  'Overview' - the Documentary
VIDEO ~ Astronaut Ron Garan and the Orbital perspective 
The 5 minute Planet Earth Overview meditation
"I'm only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this Earth would be."
- Severn Cullis-Suzuki, age 12
Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro - June 1992

The term ‘planetary human’ was first conceptualized by one of the 20th century’s great spiritual visionaries and scientists:
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

On April 4th 1955, only days before his death, in one of the last brief entries in his personal diary, he uses this expression as he elaborates upon the concepts of "neo-humanism" or the "ultra-Human" and from elsewhere, "the planetization of Mankind". There one encounters his concluding expression:

'The Planetary Human'

 "Fully evolved (= the planetary-phyletic / the planetary human)"

© 2017 Richard Whitehurst

All photos of Earth from space are courtesy of NASA.

All quotes by astronauts courtesy of the books: (1) The Overview Effect by Frank White - and - (2) The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelly.