I want my post to encourage discussion on whether we spend money on stopping climate change or venture into space to find a new habitable planet or discover 'aliens' and other interesting things.
According to NASA we could still stop climate change becoming irreversible, but are they try to help? In approximately 11 years, climate change will become irreversible and some people have decided to rely on finding a new planet to inhabit, but do you think that is reallly possible?
Personally I think that with our progess so far it will probably take a few centuries or maybe decades to find a habitable planet. We would need developed technology and many other things that we do not have, like a space rocket advanced enough to carry many people far into space, or one that could take us to an entirely different dimension where there would be perhaps a habitable planet. Thinking about our technology right now, do you really think we would be able to find a planet as amazing and miraculous as earth in only a decade, before climate change is irreversible? I just do not think that our technology is advanced and will be advanced enough to actually create a colony on another planet, but of course, you never know, they could prove me wrong.
Space-based technologies are very helpful for monitoring warnings on climate change, so space travel is always helpful but we could cut down on the $5 billion to $7 billion spent on space travel a year. Whilst space tourism does produce a lot of bad gases which is obviously bad for the planet), it does give a lot of money towards NASA, which gives more money to finding out things and exploring things like, aeoronatics, operations, science and cross agency support. Which is a good thing. A lot of good things could come from the money spent on space tourism, as it can cost from $250, 000 to tens of millions depending on where you are going. Imagine what we could, as nations, do with that money. Instead, it is being spent on more space equipment and technology.
If we put that sort of money toward the earth, we could really fight climate change. The $21 billion which will be given to NASA in 2020 might be less than the $62 billion given to education and the $93.1 billion given to the veterans administration, but it could be so much and really help the world from reaching the point of no return and try to actually stop climate change from becoming irreversible.