There’s no wonder why Elon Musk and the guys from NASA are trying to figure out ways of moving to Mars. Earth has plenty of environmental issues, and we should be careful if we want at least to live a healthy life. The enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the climate change, the deforestation, the unprecedented fires, the oceans filled with plastic are all leading to an ecosystem disaster.
The good news is that we can still fix it even without moving to another planet or to one of Jupiter’s or Saturn’s moons, according to researchers. A document for the United Nations’ (UN) draft Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 says that we need to consider making big and drastic changes to our economic systems.
“The economic models which inform political decision-making in rich countries almost completely disregard the energetic and material dimensions of the economy,” the researchers wrote.
“Economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use.”
We can’t be naive and not realizing that changing economic systems in order to fit the boundaries of the environment’s security is not something many political leaders will be eager to debate. But it should be a must because it’s not only about us. It’s about the future of our children and grandchildren. But unfortunately, people by nature are selfish.
Is it possible?
Journalist Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs the Climate, says that “We humans are capable of organising ourselves into all kinds of different social orders, including societies with much longer time horizons and far more respect for natural life-support systems.”
“Humans have lived that way for the vast majority of our history and many Indigenous cultures keep Earth-centred cosmologies alive to this day. Capitalism is a tiny blip in the collective story of our species.”
Disastrous climate change, the burning of Amazon forest, the land clearing, air pollution, food resources getting low, and others – all are driving to a very gloomy scenario for our planet. And the saddest part is that most if not all of these aspects exist because of human intervention and selfishness. It’s up to us all to make a change!