According to world-renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, humans will no longer be able to live on planet Earth for very long. Therefore, the search for host planets that feature certain similarities to our own is now more crucial than ever. Living in space is the next best thing since humans will no longer be able to inhabit Earth, due to drastic changes in climate and a systematic decline in life-ensuring conditions.
Monday, during a lecture at the Oxford Union on the origins of humans and universe, Stephen Hawking expressed his concerns regarding the continuous deterioration of the environment. As a result, he reached a conclusion a few people were prepared to grasp.
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet”, says Hawking.
However, as discouraging as this premonition sounds, Hawking also took the opportunity to remind scientists that living in space is an option. Most than anything, he called for breaking the boundaries and looking for opportunities to conquer space. Not only is Stephen Hawking concerned with ensuring humans do not become extinct, but he has also expressed some political concerns. In his theory, climate change is not the only threat to humanity. Politicians’ approach to overpopulation and food taxes and the promotion of both isolationism and individualism, which fueled numerous political movements like Brexit could lead to whipping humans out of existence in the future.
One way for humans to adapt and survive is to behave much like children. “We will have to learn to share”, adds Stephen Hawking.
As much as Hawking looks to the sky in hopes humans will one day be living in space, the renowned scientist also condemns the political movements that encouraged Brexit. He states that if the forces which contributed to this political decision grow stronger, the future may only hold bad things in store for the perpetuation of the human race.
In Hawking’s view, a continuous state of curiosity and desire to explore may be the best tools humans could use to ensure survival. Also, this is not the first time the cosmologist suggests living in space as an alternative. In February, Hawking said that humans should start thinking about taking to space and colonizing other planets as a form of “life insurance”.
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