Not, the Space Age
We like to say that we are now in the Space Age. I think we are being too generous to ourselves.
Scientists and historians always seem to place different periods of time into sets of “ages”. The Ice Age, Bronze Age, Stone Age Etc...
These ages usually relate to what they are best known for and so they say we are now in the Space Age. I disagree. I do not think that history will be so kind to us.
I believe that the Space Age will denote the period in which we actually start to travel in space, not just send experiments into space. That is, if the human race survives that long.
I think, that as an “Age”, denotes what the period is best known for. We will be remembered as the “Destructive Age”.
We will be remembered as the age that let global warming continue unchecked. We will be remembered as the age that permitted and participated in the extinction of many species on our planet. We will be remembered as the age that caused mass, irreplaceable deforestation of the planet. Finally, we will be remembered as the age, that for the first time in history, had the technology to rejuvenate our planet, didn’t. Instead chose to take it to the brink.
There are 194 countries in the world. It seems that we are all concentrated upon getting mutual agreement on measures to take to save the planet. I doubt that mutual agreement between this numbers of countries will ever be possible.
If we are serious about restoring our planet, to a standard capable of sustaining human life for “Ages” to come then Governments must sight their own strict agendas, then enforce them unilaterally. If each country could at least agree to do this perhaps some level of improvement may result. Each country has its own concerns and priorities, that is why one standard in one area, may be good for one but not another, therefore mutual acceptance is unobtainable.
Another possibility could be that countries “coupled” together, placing a wealthier country with a poorer country. Both would probably have a diverse set of priorities, yet working together, could assist each other whilst enabling each to attain their own goals in helping to save the planet.
Whatever we do, we can no longer afford to wait for the bureaucrats to get the right, politically correct wording, for an unobtainable global cause of action. Each of our Governments must start to take action now or be prepared to be mentioned in history as the ones that dominated the “Destructive Age”.
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