Climate change or space travel?

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.

Comments (89)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    20 Nov 2019

    Well done for giving a range of reasons to begin a discussion. Some people would argue space exploration is needed to keep an eye on how the climate is changing - it's the satellites that show us what's happening. Is that a good argument?

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    1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg charismatic_cherry | Graveney School
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 20 Nov 2019

      I think that satellites may be a good way to survey space, but we already know that we really need to help earth, and I think that's enough information. All we have to do is get our heads down and try really hard to stop it from happening (I mean climate change of course).

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      1. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
        charismatic_cherry's comment 10 Dec 2019

        However, if we have satellites monitoring climate change, we can judge how quickly it is happening, how long we have left and important information like that. If we don't have that information, it will be practically impossible to stop climate change.

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    2. Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 10 Dec 2019

      I would never have thought of that argument but my fight is that we should act on climate change because space exploration would not be achievable if we don't all participate to fix climate change.

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  • Hornsey-logo-250x250.jpg humorous_wolverine | Hornsey School for Girls
    20 Nov 2019

    I think that climate change is the biggest issue facing humankind. We will never be able to explore space if we can't survive on our own planet. Exploring space is an amazing development of technology and a treasure to modern science. However, our planet is dying because of us and we need to find a way to save it before we look for other worlds in our universe.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      humorous_wolverine's comment 20 Nov 2019

      Can space exploration help us in the fight against climate change?

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      1. Hornsey-logo-250x250.jpg humorous_wolverine | Hornsey School for Girls
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 05 Dec 2019

        It might help us a bit but we can't be sure that it will and we don't want to waste money that could have gone towards research to stop or slow down climate change.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_chicken | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Nov 2019

    I think that we need to solve climate change before we start to explore space because it could become a bigger problem and it would take longer to solve so space exploration would be put off for even longer .But on the other hand if we put space exploration aside for too long ( many years ) then climate change may become so bad and some people from other places of the world wont be able to live on Mars and some people may die . But it would be a very very long time until that would happen .if that ever does happen if that ever does happen of course.

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg frank_chocolate | Highdown School
      happy_chicken's comment 05 Dec 2019

      I strongly agree we do need to solve climate change soon before it becomes an even more life-threatening problem. As said in charismatic_cherry post, it will be 11 years until climate change is irreversible and the things in space that we are exploring (such as Mars) will definitely still be in the universe then. If they managed to stay around for billions of years, they will definitely be able to stay for just over a decade.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Nov 2019

    I my opinion, we should tackle climate change before we explore space because,

    Firstly, we need to care more for our own planet instead of others. If we don’t have our own planet in the conditions we can survive in we can’t create rockets and go into orbit and the human race would be destroyed. We don’t want our lives to go to waste and it would also mean certain animals couldn’t survive like penguins and polar bears.

    Secondly, when a rocket gets launched into space it creates more pollution which is a massive part of climate change, Because of all the fuel that pollutes the air. This means that, burning the fuel creates greenhouse gasses that causes climate change.

    However, if we are above the Earth into orbit we can see the Earth and that means we can see the ash plumes from volcanic eruptions and incredibly you can tell the sea temperature which could show us if things are getting better.

    In conclusion, there are several ways of tackling climate change and the causes of rockets being launched into orbit can effect Earth and the Earth’s heat. On the other hand, we will be able to see how things are working and the major problems that need to be solved.

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    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_football | Phoenix Primary School
      determined_shrimp's comment 06 Dec 2019

      I agree with you but in the future when rockets don't send out much pollution we could continue space exploration

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    20 Nov 2019

    I think climate change is more important than space exploration. This is because we want to preserve our planet for as long as we can; we can't just go hopping from planet to planet and keep trashing them. That is just unfair. However, a movement is being made on climate change, not as big as the one made on space exploration, but a movement nonetheless. Lots of people are planting trees like MrBeast and Mark Rober who are planting 20000000 trees by the end of the year. There are other small organisations that are planting trees and preserving wildlife to keep this planet alive. There is one problem in stopping climate change: we need the space to plant trees. The population of Earth is so big (7.7 billion) that we have almost run out of room to plant plants and trees. Right now, our only option is to move to another planet to keep the human race alive. Just a fact I remember hearing, if we plant 1.7 billion trees, it would get rid of 10% of the greenhouse gasses we produce annually which would help a lot. Climate change is almost irreversable, so there's no point in trying this much so we should just look for a better planet. It sounds depressing, and it is, but it is the only option for us as humans.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    20 Nov 2019

    Information found at worldometer.info/watch/world-population/

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    20 Nov 2019

    I strongly agree with you. This was one of the criteria I was trying to cover in my previous post. However, I will give my opinion about your very open-minded and statistical post.

    The main cause of global warming or as you referred to 'climate change' Is one of the most common causes of climate change, this is mainly produced by cows. As carbon dioxide is emitted into the air, it leaves us with 4,399.15 and 3,519.99: released amounts of greenhouse gasses according to https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/07/countries-emitting-most-greenhouse-gas/#:~:targetText=Is%20it%20the%20absolute%20amount,emits%20far%20fewer%20greenhouse%20gases. That's just the amounts released by the EU. How is space exploration related to this? Well, every time a rocket has launched, a plume of smoke is vapoured into the air and these plumes can leave the atmosphere in perilous ways It's a misinterpreted occurrence. We must learn things quickly before it's too late. The carbon dioxide amount emitted into the air could increase. Not to mention, space debris. It moves at 22,300mph, which is faster than a bullet, and the naked eye can't see a bullet. With this high amount of rubbish (128 million) at this high amount of rubbish can alter the planetary climate which could affect us transporting planets if we intended to.

    I hope you enjoyed my point of view and have a wonderful day/night/evening/afternoon.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    21 Nov 2019

    I think that we should stop exploring space via hydrogen rockets because they are the thing in space exploration that contribute to climate change the most, however I am completely fine with studying space through telescopes ( to an extent) as they do not effect the Earth. We could make eco rockets powered by extreme amounts of air or bio fuel. If people do use bio fuelled rockets they should not make the fuel out of plants because that adds to deforestation which can also effect the climate and cause land slides. Against the point I made before telescopes that can study space cost a lot of money to be made so engineers need to come up with parts that cost a lot less money, rockets cost even more so inflatable rockets might be an option even though they would be extremely risky.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 21 Nov 2019

      Great reasons given. Well done. If eco rockets are more expensive, do you think it's worth the additional cost?

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  • Hammond School logo stellar_acorn | Hammond Junior School D
    21 Nov 2019

    I think we should stay on earth and not try to live on another planet because are planet is awesome .

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      stellar_acorn's comment 07 Dec 2019

      But what if climate change strikes even more badly in those 11 years? Use your scepticism, stellar_acorn.

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  • Hammond School logo courageous_starfish | Hammond Junior School D
    21 Nov 2019

    I think climate change.

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  • Hammond School logo excellent_rock | Hammond Junior School D
    21 Nov 2019

    Why go and ignore the problems on earth
    First we should fix the problems on earth

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  • Hammond School logo fascinating_harp | Hammond Junior School D
    21 Nov 2019

    I think we should worry more about climate change than space travel because if we go for space travel then we wouldn't have enough time to save the world but we might have a planet b from all that space travel (but we don't want to leave our home planet).But if we save our planet then we can do more space travel after with our home(a safe place)

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  • Hammond School logo sociable_volcano | Hammond Junior School B
    21 Nov 2019

    I feel that we should enter space through robots as the rockets pollute CO2, HCI, NO2, HNO3 which are all hydrazines, and all are extremely toxic.Firstly, the robots are mainly used by electricity, of which is much better than the rockets polluting our earth in a bad way. Let's say that the pollution of a rocket is 100% now let's put what is probable for a robotic astronaut, 25% maybe 50%. It is a lot smaller than a rocket, it will use less CO2 and it is cheaper.

    On the other side of the argument, in space you can achieve many things and even serve your country in a way. By that I mean you could find some significant medicine and be a hero for your country or even our world. You could also have your name under the world record of furthest travelled in space.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      sociable_volcano's comment 21 Nov 2019

      Would a robot not create pollution? Can you prove your point?

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  • Hammond School logo ethical_armadillo | Hammond Junior School B
    21 Nov 2019

    I strongly agree with Charismatic Cherry because all this climate change can ruin our planet. With all these greenhouse gases, the earth will clog up making climate change happen. Even if it doesn't ruin the earth, we will not be able to survive because all the animals that we eat will die and that means that we will have nothing to eat and we will have to try and find another planet to habitat on, hoping that there will be more sources of food there (which there probably won't). Also, all the planets in the solar system have a reason why we can't habitat on it. E.g. Mars: it is too hot and dry and there are no sources of water. Even if we do find a planet that we can habitat on, we will have to transport all the people on earth onto another planet which will be hectic. Firstly, if it takes a long time to get to the moon, it will take an extremely long time to make one travel to space, but taking transporting all the people on earth, we are talking years and that will just waste time. I think rather than damaging our planet to look at others, we should look after our own planet because we can't keep dreading the future about what will happen with climate change.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      ethical_armadillo's comment 21 Nov 2019

      Well done, ethical_armadillo, you have given several reasons to support your point! Can you find any statistics to back it up further?

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    2. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
      ethical_armadillo's comment 22 Nov 2019

      I strongly agree, we need to help our beautiful blue planet. That starts with either reducing deforestation or planting more plants, a typical school uses 360, 000 sheets of paper a year. The more likely option would be planting more trees as if we reduce deforestation paper companies will lose money and jobs will be lost. Next we need to reduce our carbon footprint, we could achieve this by: walking to school more, using the fireplace less and using less plastic items. We could save our planet via space as well (if scientists find ways to make eco rockets) because space has provided us with solutions to some of our biggest problems. SMAP an Earth orbiting satellite monitors changes in the weather and has radically improved weather forecasting which could save lives. There is no reason why space can not provide us with a solution to our BIGGEST problem. If we destroy Earth we will have to take our chances with another planet, all the planets in our solar system have reasons why they are not liveable so then we might have to colonise on a moon like Enceladus which could have life. Not only could life on a Moon be a threat it is also wrong to take over a habitat of potential life. We might have to resort to finding a liveable exoplanet. A journey to one would present all sorts of dangers not to mention the length of such a journey, people on board could die of skin cancer thanks to harmful radiation. Any liveable planet might have life which would we incredibly dangerous. There could be more hope though, scientists have thought of a way to reduce our negative impact on the environment. They are called DAC devices, essentially they are machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere but there is a down side because further research has shown that if these machines were running a quarter of the world's energy supply would be used up by 2100. Space exploration is risky and costly but has also benefited us in many ways, space exploration has brought us heart monitors, water purification systems, satellites and has deepened our understanding of the world we live in. Current techniques of space exploration contribute negatively to climate change but I am sure science is going to change that.

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      1. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
        versatile_molecule's comment 23 Nov 2019

        Hi Tom/Olivia, what do you think would improve this comment?

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    3. Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      ethical_armadillo's comment 10 Dec 2019

      I strongly agree with you! I hear what your saying that we need to save our planet and I totally get that! We should also look after our planet because if we stop climate change then what is the point in finding another planet to live on, it just doesn't make any sense to.

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_blackberry | Hammond Junior School E
    21 Nov 2019

    with climate change i dont think that we will need a new planet to live on because are world is fine but i understand what you think

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  • Hammond School logo sincere_flight | Hammond Junior School E
    21 Nov 2019

    I agree with you because What l have read makes sense and l like the fact that you have explained about what has been happening on space and l also agree with the progress would take a few decades or centuries

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  • Hammond School logo practical_message | Hammond Junior School E
    21 Nov 2019

    Well, earth is a good planet, but we could move to mars, if we work really hard on space exploration but we need to be careful, if we fail and earth gets destroyed then that is the end of humans.

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  • Hammond School logo outgoing_piano | Hammond Junior School E
    21 Nov 2019

    Very good point right now we're stuck between to evils. If we leave climate change could get even worse so even if the Mars experiment fails and Mars proves uninhabitable we couldn't go back home.

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  • Hillyfield School logo stupendous_market | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    21 Nov 2019

    We need to use space to stop climate change . I think we should only go to a new planet when we have to , in 5 or 7 Billion years. (I found the info on Google.)

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  • Hillyfield School logo Hillyfield Primary Academy
    21 Nov 2019

    A fantastic article - clear, concise and considers both sides of the argument.

    I think that the high amount of money spent on exploring space is definitely up for debate considering the current climate crisis and how much investment in that is needed. However, could space exploration possibly lead to the discovery of climate change 'cures'? Also, as already discussed by other people on here, our drive to explore space has led to amazing satellite footage informing us on climate change and its impact.

    Here is a video link of amazing NASA footage that informs climate change research - https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/videos/before-the-flood/nasa-monitors-the-effects-of-climate-change-4702.aspx

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  • Hammond School logo outstanding_turkey | Hammond Junior School E
    21 Nov 2019

    My opinion is that we should solve climate before we explore space because our planet is dying before our eyes and if we don't try now/then humans have a chance to become extinct and we think about our future, that might not happen and our kids will have to go through this as well.

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  • Hammond School logo radical_koala | Hammond Junior School F
    21 Nov 2019

    I agree
    It will take years to find a planet with good soil and a water supply
    Where did you get this information from charismatic_cherry?

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo outspoken_meteor | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    21 Nov 2019

    I do care a lot about our planet because it's are future; adults don't care because it's not going to effect them. Space is important but do you really wan't to risk losing our planet. The money should go to planting more trees and stopping pollution. At my school our teachers care strongly about saving our planet and we go on Climate marches and we have lots of recycling bins. Like other country's, Climate Change is happening all over the world so I wouldn't be surprised if it happens in a couple of hundred years. I think this is a very strong subject and we should talk about it soon on the hub. If we fight this together we can stop Climate Change or push it back.

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  • Hammond School logo trustful_badger | Hammond Junior School B
    21 Nov 2019

    I think we need to change climate change because we will not find a planet that we could live on in our amount of time that we have so we need to change but some people have like team trees that have a goal to plant 20 million trees and if we all do this maybe it is not all lost for hope.

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  • Hammond School logo magnificent_cricket | Hammond Junior School E
    23 Nov 2019

    I think climate change beause we need to get our problem done ✅

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_tennis | Hammond Junior School B
    23 Nov 2019

    I think that we should stop exploring space via hydrogen rockets because they are the thing in space exploration that contribute to climate change the most, however I am completely fine with studying space through telescopes ( to an extent) as they do not effect the Earth. We could make eco rockets powered by extreme amounts of air or bio fuel. If people do use bio fuelled rockets they should not make the fuel out of plants because that adds to deforestation which can also effect the climate and cause land slides. Against the point I made before telescopes that can study space cost a lot of money to be made so engineers need to come up with parts that cost a lot less money, rockets cost even more so inflatable rockets might be an option even though they would be extremely risky.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      adventurous_tennis's comment 25 Nov 2019

      I like how you've looked at this from an open-mind, and come to a compromise which still allows us to explore space but without the impact!

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  • opinionated_television | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    This is great information! Personally, i think we should spend the money that we have on stopping climate change. If we spend money on travelling Space, then yes, we might find a planet to evacuate to, but by the time we do, climate change would have become an even bigger issue. It would most likely be a waste of time to spend 11 years trying to find another safe planet, when we could of spent that time saving the one we have now! I do think we should spend some time exploring Space, just not all of it. Space isn't a big issue now, but climate change is.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      opinionated_television's comment 25 Nov 2019

      Good reasoning, and speaking up!

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  • glad_aspect | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    I think we should focus on climate change because if we take several years to make a new rocket or space project climate change would already be the worlds greatest problem.
    it already effects lots of countries and in the next with a doubling time of 10, 20 or 40 years, respectively, raising the ocean by several meters in 50, 100 or 200 years. this could/will cause a lot of problems for are fragile earth leaving us humans and other living creatures to die.which will be very unfortunate

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  • cherished_editor | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    I don't think it is a good idea to venture through space right now because we should be focusing on climate change as it is more important at the moment. We need to look after our planet because it may not last for long so instead of putting all our money towards space we should spend it on climate change. This is because if we save the planet now than we will not have to spend it on space attempts witch could fail.

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  • Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_concept | Pimlico Primary Academy
    25 Nov 2019

    Well the question is "Space travel or Climate change ?".
    Well I think its space travel because if our planet is done for we can go to another planet for example mars since thats what astronauts are trying to discover if its safe but if we're all positive I know it'll be possible for sure and well I hope !😊

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  • The Sherwood School productive_eel | The Sherwood School
    27 Nov 2019

    What I personally think is that we should put climate change because if we don't fix climate change the effects of rockets being launched would be much more severe.For example it could heat up the air by a lot more.They might stop space exploration because it releases too much gas.This means that we need to do climate change first.
    On the other hand if we deal with space first .There might not be any more rockets go up.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    27 Nov 2019

    We should be focusing on Climate change because we don't have much time and if we waste our time we are going to die and even if SpaceX don't realise it they are destroying life on Earth 🌎

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo dedicated_strawberry | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    27 Nov 2019

    I think we should worry more about climate change at the moment because we are living on the earth and if we don’t do something it could be really dangerous for us. Maybe after we’ve sorted out climate change then we could be more interested in space travel because there can still be dangerous stuff in space travel.

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  • The Sherwood School productive_eel | The Sherwood School
    27 Nov 2019

    What I personally think is that we should put climate change because if we don't fix climate change the effects of rockets being launched would be much more severe.For example it could heat up the air by a lot more.They might stop space exploration because it releases too much gas.This means that we need to do climate change first.

    On the other hand if we deal with space first .There might not be any more rockets going up after we made the breakthrough.This could led to less greenhouses gases being used which means that everybody is focused on climate change.

    Overall climate change should be the main aim even though we are close to landing on Mars .

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    27 Nov 2019

    We should focus on climate change due to the fact charismatic_cherry stated that if we do not take action within 11 years we could not reverse it. Following this, to build rockets and equipment for space will take well over 11 years so it is best we focus on the condition of our planet before we look and research others. In addition to this, rockets will also give of massively severe amounts of Co2 which could shorten the lifespan of the atmosphere, forests and habitats of a variety of animals. Finally, space exploration would divert everyone from climate change and before you know it forests would have died and our atmosphere would e finished of and many people would be recieving illnesses and diseases.

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  • Hillyfield School logo wonderful_independence | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    28 Nov 2019

    I really like your post because
    it included loads of information
    and it gives ideas on how to stop climate change

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  • Hillyfield School logo curious_engine | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    28 Nov 2019

    Although I agree with grateful crab and charismatic_cherry, I would say the following:

    1) Satellite cameras get the images of the world and vital pictures of climate change.
    2) The images might tell us where the damage is being done on the Earth.
    3) Space travel is important to keep doing as humans love to explore.

    In conclusion, I would say that if we have space travel we can also see everything that is going on with climate change and that will surely help!

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_tennis | Hammond Junior School B
    28 Nov 2019

    I think that we should stop exploring space via hydrogen rockets because they are the thing in space exploration that contribute to climate change the most, however I am completely fine with studying space through telescopes ( to an extent) as they do not effect the Earth. We could make eco rockets powered by extreme amounts of air or bio fuel. If people do use bio fuelled rockets they should not make the fuel out of plants because that adds to deforestation which can also effect the climate and cause land slides. Against the point I made before telescopes that can study space cost a lot of money to be made so engineers need to come up with parts that cost a lot less money, rockets cost even more so inflatable rockets might be an option even though they would be extremely risky.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    28 Nov 2019

    I strongly think that we need to tackle climate change first because what is happen is not right. The nature is really important and it is our responsibly. The earth is in our hands.

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  • Hammond School logo miraculous_knowledge | Hammond Junior School A
    02 Dec 2019

    I think that for now we should focus on finding another planet to live on as it looks like there is nothing we can really do about climate change as it is really bad. If we could find another planet before climate change effects the planet and us then we could live on that and survive. We could send NASA up to look and not only will it help us with climate change but it could help us with discovering new medicines!

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  • Hammond School logo skillful_turtle | Hammond Junior School A
    02 Dec 2019

    I think we should focus on climate change as it is effecting our planet so we need to fix our own planet before finding out about other planets.

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  • Hammond School logo joyful_seagull | Hammond Junior School A
    02 Dec 2019

    Climate change, if we leave it to late we will not stop it and will be inreversible and will have a terrible impact on the Earth so to focus more on climate change NASA should put on hold the ' holiday in space' as we do not really need that as most people will not be able to afford the holiday.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_engineer | Weston Favell Academy
    02 Dec 2019

    Climate Change or Space Travel... what is more important?

    For the past couple of weeks, my family and I have been discussing on which is more important.

    Climate Change will eventually catch up to us and destroy our planet. Whereas Space Travel will help us possibly move to another planet therefore saving our species.

    Personally I think we should focus more on Space Travel because we can do the Noah's Arc tactic and create a new world for ourselves. Also by going into space we can see about finding a new way to stop climate change. This solution will basically provide us with the option of living on Earth, or a new planet.

    However, we do need to slow down climate change, to ensure that we can go into space and eventually live on a new planet.

    What do you think? How do you feel about putting money towards one but not the other?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      efficient_engineer's comment 02 Dec 2019

      Well-written, efficient_engineer! I'm glad to hear you've been having this conversation with your family. Can you foresee any problems with the 'Noah's Arc tactic' though?

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    2. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
      efficient_engineer's comment 10 Dec 2019

      I disagree with you because space travel pollutes the air, I understand that the event of launching a rocket is infrequent but it costs a lot of money, five hundred million. I get your point about exploring space to find a solution to climate change but space exploration contributes to climate change and in addition to this, if we harm the planet to the breaking point then we will all suffer and possibly die then we will not even have a planet to save.

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    3. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg intuitive_power | Graveney School
      efficient_engineer's comment 12 Dec 2019

      Very good answer, efficient_engineer.
      If we do find an exoplanet suitable for human life, will it be suitable for animal life? Some animals are used to and can only survive in certain environments. If we can find a planet that can cater to the needs of us humans and the animals we have, we could potentially go there, but how long would it take? Could we find a way to freeze or preserve our bodies for the journey? Would it work on us AND the animals?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sceptical_bassoon | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    03 Dec 2019

    climate change because it wouldnt be worth the money going to space when there is another issue witch is climate change so we should focus on one thing than focusing on 2 really big things
    what do you think?

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  • Hammond School logo reasoning_whale | Hammond Junior School B
    03 Dec 2019

    In my opinion I think we should tackle climate change before we start to go in to space because if we don't tackle climate change before going to space our planet could change a lot if we don't tackle climate change before space and also when we send a rocket in to the air it deseas

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo amicable_cello | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    03 Dec 2019

    I agree with reasoning_whale because climate change is a urgent issue and we have no other choice except to try and reverse it however we have a choice if we want to explore space. If we travel into space we are putting more fossil fuels into our atmosphere instead of reducing the amount ; climate change can damage all human and natural life however exploring space is only making the climate issue even worse then it is already. However if we create advanced enough technology then we could find anything to change the world ; like a replacement for plastic or a way to reverse climate change. In conclusion, I think that we should reverse the climate change issue first and then worry about discovering things in space.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      amicable_cello's comment 04 Dec 2019

      Good reasoning, amicable_cello! Do you think we need space exploration to help us develop the "advanced enough technology" you speak of?

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      1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_football | Phoenix Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 06 Dec 2019

        yes we will because as rockets evolve creating advanced technology

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg quickwitted_hurricane | Graveney School
    04 Dec 2019

    this is a very informative, charismatic_cherry

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School astounding_bell | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    04 Dec 2019

    I think that space travel is good because, if climate change gets bad we can travel to space and live on a planet

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    1. St Marys Whitstable logo cheerful_significance | St Mary's Catholic Primary School A
      astounding_bell's comment 06 Dec 2019

      Good ideas but I think that if we just tried to solve the climate crisis on Earth it would be easier if everyone played there part. Moving to a different planet would be to hard because of the atmosphere and climate of different planets. The only way to survive on any of the other planets in our solar system would be by staying in an air tight place with lots of other resources too. This would be to hard for everyone to move to somewhere like Mars because it would cost to much and we wouldn’t be able to have exercise because of the gravity. It would also be to hard to move to an exo planet because of the long journey and the ability to cary resources with us. Exo planets would also be too small for us to live on as well. Earth is nick- named the Goldilocks planet because it isn’t to hot and isn’t to cold. No planets close enough to us are habitable to humans and other planets would be to far away.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        cheerful_significance's comment 09 Dec 2019

        Are there other goldilocks planets that we might be able to travel to in the future?

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  • Hillyfield School logo creative_leaf | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    04 Dec 2019

    I agree with you but rockets send the materials needed to power the International Space Station and without the ISS we won't be able to see things in space for example if there was a radiation storm, we won't be able to know about until it hits the Earth. This was an excellent post.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School comfortable_flute | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    05 Dec 2019

    I think we should spend our money on space because then when we need to leave Earth then we have other planets to go to that are safe for Humans and Pets to live on. 🎈🎈🎈
    thank you for reading BNC
    comfortable_flute

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Dec 2019

    Here is what I think.We should focus on climate change because it is our own planet and if we do not sort our selfs out we will be in deep trouble.One of the ways we can do it is by making sure we plant millions of trees by 2030 and stop cutting down so many trees.If we are going to cut down trees we should at least do this for one tree we cut down we plant two and then by the time we cut down thousands we will be planting twice as much.But on the other hand if we go to space and find a cure for cancer that will also be great.So I am 50-50.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School mindful_papaya | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    I think that with our progress so far it would probably take a few centuries or maybe decades to find a habitable planet.

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  • Hammond School logo excellent_brain | Hammond Junior School B
    09 Dec 2019

    I think that climate change is the way to go as we live on Earth and we have for 200,000 years and we should have taken care of it not completely destroyed it it's unfare to both us and to nature,it's not the Earths fault that humans just came along & ,through the melunioms, destroy it it's not the Earths fault that humans just decided that they were to become the superior race, you don't see deers creating factory's polluting the Earth,chopping down large areas of nature for more people to live, one of the only reasons that people do this is because of money would you kill animals/nature/family's for nothing for fun, if yes than if we go up to space your the reason why. We are humans if we were superior than we wouldn't destroy the place we 'own' it would just be terrible but yet we have.
    This has been excellent_brain.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    Even though going to space would help us learn about astronomy, physics and teach us new things about the moon, other planets and even the universe there are some reasons why this is not a good idea and why we should focus on Climate Change:

    * Building a rocket costs a LOT of money and needs a lot of skilled people( the ISS for example-$150 BILLION)

    * When the rocket blasts off, the fumes at the bottom of the rocket go up into space and affect and damage the ozone layer ( yes, space holidays are - at the minute - a thing for the distant future )

    * Why should we spend money on building rockets when we could use that money to save our planet so we don't need to find a new one?

    * Climate marches have already started and it seems wrong to just leave that and focus on something that can wait for later


    In conclusion, I think that we should focus on Climate Change and use our 11 years wisely and THEN we can do all the space travel that the government wants to do.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    GO GREEN! We should definitely act on climate change rather than space or any thing like that (including BREXIT) because the earth cant speak so we have to speak for it. if my generation speak out then we can save the earth together. who wants to destroy the earth? i certainly do not believe in killing the earth and i know lots of people who don't. we shall help the earth together and achieve great things. i am so positive about this issue that i wrote a poem that got published...
    When my imagination gets the better of me.
    The world is getting hotter and we need to do something about it,
    Instead of just sitting there being a twit!
    I dream of one day the earth will come to an end,
    It will teach us all a lesson that we will never forget,
    I can visualise the polar ice caps melting away today,
    The sun will become much closer to us people on earth,
    But when my imagination gets the better of me,
    I fear giant monsters crushing the ice,
    Bigger monsters reaching their arms towards the sun without even thinking twice,
    Retrieving fireballs from the sun so near,
    Shaking the world stomping with fear,
    But that is when my imagination gets the better of me,
    And I will actually do things that will make a difference,
    To the world and people who will listen,
    But we are the monsters,
    Wrecking the earth,
    Stop it now that’s not what were worth.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School amusing_river | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    10 Dec 2019

    Climate change is really important to us because it impacts our future and our wealth and could negatively impact us so I personally think we should put away space for a moment and think towards our future.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Dec 2019

    This one is mainly about how much it would cost.

    If we wanted to put more money into climate change, 11 years isn't long! scientists would have to use that time wisely. What would they use to stop it? chemicals or technology?

    If we put more money into space travel we would probably not have enough money to move all 7,000,000,000,000 ( 7 billion ) people to a different planet. but what planet would we move to? mars? or could we move to the moon!

    Over all I think we should put more money into stopping climate change because people love our planet with there hearts and some people have started charities to help stop climate change ( WWF etc )! And it may be a struggle moving all 7 billion people to the moon or mars.

    kind_dinosaur

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Dec 2019

    I am going to be discussing the two sides of whether we should venture into space or stay back on earth and act on the life changing climate change? I will be presenting the choices below....
    Space exploration:
    if we go to space then we could go to the moon and discover some sort of astonishing material that could impact our lives incredibly and even stop diseases or illnesses that are a matter of life or death situations. we could also go to another planet and we could discover an amazing animal unknown from our species, also we could find a new material to make a time machine or something like that which could achieve us a lot of money.
    climate change:
    We should act on climate change because space exploration would not be possible if we don't act on climate change, plus sending rockets up into space is also sending fossil fuels into the atmosphere.
    In conclusion having looked at the evidence I have come to my decision of supporting climate change as then we wont have to use all of our energy on looking for a new planet to live on.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sensitive_introduction | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    10 Dec 2019

    I have mixed feelings on this topic.

    I think we should choose climate change instead of space travel. We need to solve the issues going on in our planet before focusing our efforts on traveling in space. Whilst exploring space travel can wait, climate change cannot. Our world is rapidly changing and irreversible damage is being done. Climate change should be seen as a priority and the financial resources allocated for space travel should be assigned to tackling climate change.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Dec 2019

    I think we should put climate change infront of space travel because climate change will destroy the earth and everything in it but space travel could give us a new insight into what our existence in the universe means but space travel costs a lot, the average rocket costs 500 million, we could spend that money on reducing poverty but space travel could save us when the sun becomes a red giant but it might not be ethical to reach to the outer reaches of the universe because those parts could belong to aliens but space travel has benifited us in many ways, satellites have given us telecoms and TV and water purification systems have allowed us to drink clean water. But space travel comes with the risk of loss of life and loss of lots of resources.

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