Our Only Home
On July 20, 1969, two astronauts made history. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first two men to ever put their feet on any rock other than Earth. During their time on the Moon, they captured the photo shown above. An all encompassing view of the thing that is home to every single person you have ever met: Earth. Every person you've ever heard of, every piece of food you've ever craved, every song or piece of art, all of the love and the hate... everything you know exists on, and because of, this rock in space.
From the Moon, it's easy to take a macro view. It's far simpler to understand the implications of climate change, of greed, war, and border disputes. Because from the Moon, one can see that we all live on this single dynamic organism that is our planet. Earth doesn't care what color you are, or where you're from, or how much money you have.
Here's the thing, though. Earth has been here since long before us, and it will continue to be here long after us. We need to understand that if we want to have a home, we need to act like it. If you had mold in your house that was threatening the health of your family would you just let it spread? No, of course you wouldn't! But that's precisely what we are doing with the continued use of fossil fuels. Climate change threatens our very existence because it affects the (human) livability of Earth.
Personally, I like Earth. I enjoy being able to go outside and breathe fresh air. I love a glass of clean water in the morning. I have an affinity for a good shower. Snowboarding is one of my favorite pastimes. I think polar bears are pretty majestic. Growing up I never considered myself to be any sort of environmentalist either. Far from it. Recycling was a chore, and a general pain in the ass (especially once we started drinking beer and had lots of cans). Offroading in my buddy's Jeep is great fun. You get the point.
But when you stop and consider the facts. The science. It's clear exactly how screwed we are, even more screwed are our children and their children. Unless, of course, we do something about it. Maybe NASA and Elon will figure out how to send people to Mars, and eventually other far off planets. That'll solve part of the problem. But I'd still like to think people will continue to inhabit Earth for many, many, many more generations.
What do you think?