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← Why we will never reach the stars

seals's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by seals

We humans might find a way to travel interstellar distances, or we might not. But it would be dangerous to think that if we screw up here on this planet we can expect to find another one. We have to live as if this is the only planet we could ever live on, as it may well be for all we know, or it may be the only habitable planet within our range which amounts to the same thing. We do have a habit of getting what we want, so far and on a very minor timescale, but it's usually at the expense of our planet's ecosystem and resources; when we decide we need another whole ecosystem to support our burgeoning requirements, that may not be so readily forthcoming. We have to value this planet. We need it more than it needs us!

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 23:10:54 UTC | #599193