It is no surprise that scientists have said for years that earth has a finite life span. I can recall my junior high (what is called middle school today - teacher, Mr. Jorgensen telling us that the sun - like any star - will eventually die. When that happens this third rock from the sun will no longer sustain life as we know it. OK - he did not call Earth the Third Rock from the Sun, but I was fond of that TV show. So it comes as no surprise the most brilliant mind in modern physics would suggest we have what is essentially a sell by date to - as he says it colonize other planets. It all sounds rather like a good science fiction movie like Forbidden Planet, the 1956 movie that forever guaranteed I would be a fan of good science fiction.
The answer is simply stated as global warming and the resultant changes happening now and into the future. This topic was not suggested as an open forum on so-called man-made global warming. There is over 90% agreement that global warming is occurring, the argument is whether it is man-made or naturally occurring. At this point does it really matter? The polar ice caps are melting, temperatures are getting warmer and we may be headed for more hurricane Harvey like disasters than we can imagine.
So what do we do about it? Good question. If temperature patterns continue we may no longer be able to produce enough food to sustain the population of the planet - something we have been able to do since the green revolution of the sixties and seventies. You may suggest we cannot produce enough food now but I contend we have a massive distribution problem - not production problems.
Here we sit - if Hawking is correct, we have 100 or so years to find an inhabitable new home and move us all to said planet, colonize it and establish a workable political system that can develop and sustain the population. We certainly need a few dozen Elon Musks and Sir Richard Bransons to help us with that massive transportation issue. And goodness but we have enough globalism naysayers here in the USA so what will happen when someone starts talking interstellar? 45s head will explode trying to to keep up with that one on twitter. (My snarky side would suggest that is not a bad idea but this blog is being done by my kinder, gentler side).
My pessimistic side says if Hawking is correct we are essentially screwed (without the benefit of a good time). My optimistic side says but wait - if we can imagine it we can do it. The realist in me simply hopes Hawking is wrong and that his interactions with Sheldon Cooper have warped is sense of reality.
There are also the evangelicals and other bible thumpers who simply think it is just the natural progression of things as stated in the bible. In other words it is all God's will. They've been wrong before - whether they admit it or not. Here's hoping their failures continue.
That is my admittedly light-hearted. take on what can be considered a dark, serious topic that I suggested myself. Be sure to check the other LBC bloggers to see what - if anything - they have to say. Ramana, Maria, Pravin and Ashok