Should we abandon efforts to save a dying planet?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Should we abandon efforts to save a dying planet and instead focus on terraforming and eventually colonizing other planets? Is the earth really worth saving?

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No, this earth is our home and we have to do whatever we can to save it. Yes, we've made mistakes but we can do our best to fix them.

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Yes, the earth clearly can't be saved. If we colonize another planet (or crate a habitable space station) we can learn from our past mistakes and start a better generation.

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Humanity isn't worth saving.

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PetersSmith says2014-07-15T22:45:05.2553034-05:00
Create*
discomfiting says2014-07-15T22:45:29.6069034-05:00
You make some of the best & unbiased polls. You should be proud. :~)
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T22:47:18.2978176-05:00
I also make the best spelling eras
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T22:47:25.2866176-05:00
*Done on purpose
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T22:49:42.5666176-05:00
By the way, for those that don't know the "no" picture is called "desertification" and the "yes" picture is the O'Neill cylinder.
reece says2014-07-15T22:56:26.8874176-05:00
PetersSmith: You should put in words that people wouldn't know like the word "terraform" so people can research for them self's.
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T22:58:23.8094176-05:00
How do you not know what terraform is?
reece says2014-07-15T23:01:50.9736265-05:00
PetersSmith:Do you mean how would you not know? Because i know what terraforming is.
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T23:03:54.5624279-05:00
Fine, terraforming is literally just the process of making another planet's environment closer to earth's so we could live there. This means changing the atmosphere, temperature, and the land itself so water could be sustained, fauna and creatures could live there, and the air is breathable.
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T23:04:23.5260265-05:00
You can technically also terraform earth, but I don't think it's gotten to the point where we have to.
ladiesman says2014-07-15T23:06:47.5821407-05:00
As long as we do not go as far as forsaking another habitable planet and its inhabitants like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon(2011) and Man of Steel(2013).
reece says2014-07-15T23:07:25.7028265-05:00
PetersSmith: What no? I think you miss under stood me.I meant up in the options description where it says Yes, the earth clearly can't be saved, etc just as an example. But nvm
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T23:08:10.1373407-05:00
Ladiesman: The "yes" answer presumes we will learn from our past environmental mistakes.
PetersSmith says2014-07-15T23:08:59.3340265-05:00
Reece: You're right, but I can't change that now.
MasturDbtor says2014-07-15T23:48:58.6509958-05:00
There is a subtle and WRONG implication here that saving Earth and colonizing another planet are mutually exclusive options. We do need to save Earth BUT we also need to colonize other planets. It would expand our knowledge, and in time resources (hydrogen and helium mining of the gas giants in particular).
Formerland1 says2014-07-16T00:39:57.0093562-05:00
Who needs natural ecosystems anyways when we have the knowladge to build ecosystems from existing and modified organisms to suit our needs . The pollution is blown way out of control there isn't nearly as much as most people think there is , and pollution has many chemicals that are actually quite useful . A modified tree could hypothetically " gather " pollution and the chemicals inside and turn them into organic compounds after all most toxins in the pollution are carbon based. Modified ecosystems could theoretically serve purposes ( like the air scrubber tree i mentioned ) another example , an isolated biome could be forced to frequent disasters and many cullings this ecosystem would have rapid change in local species ( rapid evolution so to speak ) this may lead to medical breakthroughs the likes of which would take a long time in a natural biome . Humans don't need the enviorment we can control it to our needs and desires and the only thing stopping us is A, money ( obviously cullings of this scale would be very expensive ) B, the notion that nature isn't ours to meddle with. Nature adapts to survive , just because we force the adaptation doesn't mean that it is againsed the natural order . Frankly natural order sucks , all it does is force us to adapt to it . I think nature should adapt to us .

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