Mars

Going down with the ship

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It seems like I can’t do anything without hearing something about Elon Musk, the world’s richest person. He’s accomplished a lot to admire and applaud, for sure, especially in the transition to electric cars and renewable energy.

But I can’t help but be frustrated by his focus on space travel and Mars colonization. In a different world where we weren’t beset by species-defining challenges like climate change and inequality, I’d be endlessly fascinated and inspired by this work. But in today’s world, it is a luxury and distraction we simply can’t afford.

At the end of the day, I don’t want a different planet. I don’t want a Plan B. I want Earth. It is home. It is the great Mother. Without it, I don’t know if life is even worth living.

If we do irrevocably tarnish the planet, I’ll be going down with the ship.

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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