a planet should be operated in a similar fashon as a big business:
If we are always defensive, trying to protect what we have,
but never being progressive, trying to move forward and build
new, we will also be doomed. It's with our future as with
doing business: You always gotta be ONE STEP AHEAD.
- and this is critical knowledge - the Earth is NOT sustainable.
Not to us moderm Humans, unless we want to go back to our
earliest ancestors, before we started to use different metals
for our tools.
is a persistant call from environmentalists, that we've "gone
too far" and need to "slow down". In other
words, building a sustainable world by stopping economic growth.
Because we have reached our limits. But whose limits? The
limits of our Earth or our civilization? They never ever clarify
that, because it is considered to be the same. But it's not;
not anymore. We must learn to make a distinction between Humankind,
and planet Earth. The possibillities here on Earth are indeed
limited. But our possibillities beyond, are not.
in any case, their calls for zero growth wouldn't work. First
of all because even if some countries in the West genuinely
attempt this, others in Asia and Africa will not. They will
continue to pursue the same wealth people in the West built
themselves a century ago, no matter what! Often living in
China, I know this very well myself. And for that reason,
it will be impossible to make the whole world comply with
zero growth - or even a slowed-down growth.
because even if we could slow down growth, we would still
continue to use up our planet's resources. No matter how much
we try to save and recycle, using renewable energy and so
forth, some day some resources will be depleted. We can only
"extend the suffering", so to speak. And suffering
it will be: Already today we can see political and military
conflicts arise around limited regional resources. It will
be followed by bloody wars, uprisings, famines, epedemics,
poverty and more... before we eventually fade away into history.
only alternative to this scenario, is to continue growth beyond
Earth, where nearly endless resources awaits us. Using them,
we can secure our future, both on Earth and beyond. By continuing
economic and industrial growth in space, we can gain the means
to give everyone - every individual and country on Earth -
a decent and prosperous life. While at the same time giving
our precious home planet a chance to recover and become the
paradise it was meant to be.
is no other option, really. If you care about Earth, about
the environment, about your grandchildren, this is the only
option. Unlike what some say, it's not a question about Earth
OR Space, it's about Earth AND Space - or nothing.
is also very natural. Some people think we have nothing to
do in space, that it's unnatural. But on the contrary, it
is natural for Life to expand. All species take every chance
they can to expand beyond their original location, no matter
where it takes them. If a life form can go somewhere, it
will. Dandelions and pine trees and sand worms
would too. If they don't, it's because they can't. That is
the natural behaviour of all biological life forms, in order
their chances of survival. It's programmed into our DNA's.