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1. Keep the only planet we have in as pristine a condition as we can

2. Find another planet to halve our risk of extinction

Capitalists: Fuck #1, but #2 sounds like fun.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=HeBdfv2Q

@aral

#2 is a billionaire hobby to find a new planet once we made this one uninhabitable. This new planet is for the 'happy' few of course. Too bad for them that Mars will be a living hell with a gravity of 0.38g, pressure 6 millibar, temperature between -150 and +20 degrees. Not to mention the deadly radiation due to the lack of an atmosphere.

#NoPlanetB

@aral
I suppose it has to do with the fact that we need resources to live

@kpeace It’s not about whether or not we have or use resources; it’s about how much we use and how they’re distributed. If everyone on the planet started living like the average American tomorrow, we’d instantly go extinct. Boom! No more humans. Bye bye.

@aral
It about HOW we use our resources.

India was on the brink of starvation, then they cultivated a new strain of wheat.

Israel was on the path of drying out, and then they started using desalinated water.

Plants can be grown in the dessert. Power can be generated by nuclear.

It's our imagination, and the lack of freedom to explore our imagination, that limits us.

@hypolite @aral
It's being saving humanity for thousands of years.

Look how much longer, healthier and richer we are after the industrial revolution

@aral @kpeace If the benefits aren't distributed equally, what's the point? You and I were lucky to be on the good side of the fence through absolutely no merit of our own, but what about the people who aren't through absolutely no demerit of their own?

@hypolite @aral
Since every one benifited from the industrial revolution, it's a good thing.

I don't care if some benifited more.

@aral @kpeace I know, and it makes your techno-happy claims callous and ultimately selfish. As long as you can show any number going up, you do not care about people, I got that loud and clear.

@aral it's even more absurd than that: "we are a lost cause and we will all die from global heating so let's go terraform another planet that's already morbidly toxic and cold; that sounds like a better idea than not mangling this one any more"

@aral Even if another planet is found, it may be impossible to go there. People don't seem to understand astronomical distance.

@aral As always, a great talk🙏 😎 ❤️ 👍

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