The Earth just passed a dangerous global warming benchmark from which there is allegedly no return. Now, some scientists say the planet is already doomed, and for humanity to survive, we need a Plan B.
In an upcoming collection of essays titled The Earth and I, environmentalist James Lovelock argues humans should give up trying to save the world and rescue humanity instead, reports the Independent.
“Many think our most important task is to try to save the planet, but surely this is hubris.”
Lovelock was the pioneering forward thinker who developed the Gaia theory that views Earth as one big super-organism, but now the environmentalist argues saving the world is a lost cause, reports the Independent.
“Rather than try to save Gaia, perhaps the most important thing we have to do is to save ourselves and, above all, our ability to think, to understand, to value wisdom, and to process information.”
If humanity stopped trying to save a doomed planet and instead retreated to climate controlled cities and gave up trying to live on vast expanses of land, mankind could survive into the future, Lovelock told the Telegraph.
“We should give up vainglorious attempts to save the world.”
A report released this week shows the Earth’s carbon dioxide levels have risen to an amount not seen in millions of years, and if drastic measures aren’t taken soon, the greenhouse gas could soon make the Earth unlivable.
Dangerous famines, floods, and superstorms will continue to rack the planet as the effects of climate change are felt around the globe, which is why humanity needs to focus on saving itself, Lovelock told the Telegraph.
“The idea of ‘saving the planet’ is a foolish extravagance of romantic Northern ideologues and probably much beyond our ability.”
Lovelock isn’t alone in his revolutionary thinking. In 2006, the Texas Distinguished Scientists of the year, Eric Pianka, told fellow researchers 90 percent of the people on the planet needed to die for the Earth to survive, reports Reason.
“The Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures.”
He argued the population surge of the past 25 years has made humanity bloated, weak, and apathetic at the cost of the destruction of the planet, and the only way to save the species is to kill off 5.8 billion people, reports Reason.
“[Disease] will control the scourge of humanity. We’re looking forward to a huge collapse.”
Other thinkers have developed less radical ways to save the species. Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of developing a colony on Mars and making mankind a multiplanet species, which would allow humanity to survive in the case of an extinction level event on Earth.
This week, Musk unveiled his plan to move a million humans to Mars in 100 years with the use of his enormous Interplanetary Transport System, previously known as the Mars Colonial Transporter.
Musk renamed the huge spacecraft after declaring it was capable of traveling anywhere in the solar system. He said colonies could theoretically be established on Venus or even Ceres in the future.
Transporting 100 to 200 colonists to the red planet every 80 to 150 days would give the Martian settlement a chance to grow and become independent from Earth, thereby guaranteeing the survival of mankind in the case of an extinction level event.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson also thinks humanity should colonize other planets as the way to ensure the survival of mankind and solve many of issues facing our planet, according to CNBC.
“We do have to inhabit other planets. The future of the human race is space exploration.”
What do you think humanity’s answer should be to the global warming crisis?
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