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100 Seconds to Midnight:
​The Billion Dollar Escape to Mars

By Paige Farber 

 

 

Are we too smart for our own good? “There is no going back no matter what we do now, it's too late to avoid climate change and the poorest, the most vulnerable, those with the least security, are now certain to suffer.” Environmentalist Sir David Attenborough communicates to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during a conclave on climate. The effects of humans on earth have reached a point beyond repair. We as a human race are constantly attempting to improve or revolutionize as much as we can; but when will it begin to harm us? Or has it already?

 

Our scientific achievements are quite admirable. One example of this is our exploration of other planets. The new Artemis missions to the moon are currently being mapped out, and Mars has not left the sphere of public discourse for years now. Billionaires are funneling millions of dollars into private aerospace and are spending at least $50,000 to go to space, when in fact, they could be spending that much on absolutely anything else that might benefit our planet! Here are some ideas: biodegradable plastic, renewable energy, poverty, and world hunger! The list is endless. By spending money on cars or fumes rather than on the aforementioned topics, they are not only harming the environment but also the organisms within it once again killing off forms of life.

 

Oftentimes, you hear stories of animals predicting events before they occur: cats and dogs moving inland prior to earthquakes or elephants finding higher ground before natural disasters. Well, why do you think a large percentage of tropical species are migrating northward? Species such as mammals, fish, and even types of plants, what could possibly be the reason for this? With drastic increases in temperature changes, in places such as California, Florida, Alabama, and Texas,  winters are now significantly warmer, allowing these organisms to migrate to places they should not. These species will die as they are not evolved to survive in temperatures they have not adapted to. How many times is this going to occur before the next thing killed off is planet Earth? Or before that thing becomes humans? 

On the contrary, perhaps we should be taking notes from these billionaires rather than scrutinizing them? To emphasize the possibilities, there are approximately three planets in our solar system that are capable of sustaining life: Earth, Mars, and Venus. Therefore, we as humans should not be worrying about attempting to reverse the effect of the harm we have caused. Why should we? There are two other planets in our solar system that are ready for a fresh start. We need to think about  applying money toward these fresh starts; continuing to do research on explorations of life-sustainable planets, creating plans for lunar rail guns even so that we are prepared to leave when our 100 seconds are up, and we  reach doomsday.

 

Yes, all in all the idea of a fresh start seems ideal, exhilarating really. However, who's to say that the damage we did to Earth won't happen to Venus or Mars? Realistically speaking, by the time we can safely transport people to other planets and live on other planets, our technology will be so far advanced that it is more than likely we will have caused an immense amount of damage in addition to what we have already wounded. If this is not eye-opening enough, think about what it will do to you, your family, and friends. Your peers may already be worried about robots taking over. Well they’re probably right, Technology and its immaculate accuracy will soon put many people out of jobs. In 2020, the WEF Organization estimated that during 2020 30 percent of careers and tasks were completed by robots; and by the year 2025, that percentage would rise to about 50 percent. This increase will benefit specific companies but also as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the overall economy, especially since the economy dropped 32.9 percent. So, with an increase in machines, there will be an addition of up to 15 trillion to global gross domestic product. Sounds great, right! Well, here's what will most likely happen to you and/or your peers. Bloomberg states, “More than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey.” So, what is there to do, other than reconcile oneself to the fact that ultimately we as humans will be our own downfall.

 

 

 

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Paige Farber