This post was inspired by a segment on the show “Real Time With Bill Maher”. As this show contains profanity and other mature content (and some of my readers are quite young), I haven’t included the video in this post. However, you can find the video on Youtube by searching “Bill Maher: Make Earth Great Again”.
I will never be a Martian.
This may sound like a weird statement to make. But read on, and I’ll explain what I mean.
Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll decide not to be a Martian either.
Every once in a while, we’ll hear a story about a new scientific discovery. A new star, a new planet, an uncharted galaxy. But lately, we’ve been hearing stories about a planet surprising close to home: Mars. Scientists are theorizing that one day, humans could possibly live on Mars.
Interesting? Sure. I enjoy hearing about space exploration as much as the next person.
But here’s the part that bothers me.
Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary General of the UN, has been quoted as saying:
We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one. There can be no ‘plan B’ because there is no ‘planet B.’
This is one of my favourite environmental quotes. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember how delicate our planet is, and how finite our resources are. Nevertheless, when it comes to our environment and our climate, we cannot allow ourselves to reach the point of no return. After all, we don’t have a backup Earth!
And now, we seem to be looking for an excuse. A “planet B” so that we don’t have to worry about fixing our climate anymore. If we allow ourselves to develop this mentality that we have another option, another alternative, then we run the risk of becoming complacent. We run the risk of destroying Earth, and just telling ourselves that Mars is always another option.
This is a dangerous path to take.
Here’s another saying that I like: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” We have a planet now. Earth was pre-made with the perfect temperatures, perfect resources, and perfect location to sustain human life. We’ve got it made!
Why would we jeopardize what we already have in search of something else?
And something imperfect, to boot. Unlike Earth, Mars cannot sustain human life. For one thing, temperatures on Mars average -55°C (-67°F). Oh, and there’s no air either.
And personally, I like to be able to breathe.
Generally, when it comes to blogging, I like to steer away from politics. I want my environmental message to be heard across all beliefs and partisan lines. But, I just have to agree with this quote by Bill Maher on his show.
“We hear a lot about putting America first. Let’s put Earth first.”
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against space exploration.
But I will never be a Martian.