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By Jack Yu
Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and cosmologist, concluded during his lecture at the Oxford University Union that if the human race does not discover another planet to inhabit, humanity will cease to exist along with the earth in a thousand years.
The Cambridge University professor delivered the news while discussing the universe and humanity’s origin on Nov. 14.
Hawking predicted the time limit based on his studies of the universe. In addition, he stated his belief that the Mars project will take a hundred years to complete, eliminating the possibility to move there anytime soon.
However, he praised the progress made within the past 50 years in terms of exploring and understanding the universe. He also encouraged students to go study and explore the unsolved mysteries of the universe.
Will We Really Die?
The human race may become extinct even before a thousand years.
Human activities have caused pollution, natural resource depletion and acceleration of extinction. After each creature becomes extinct after another on Earth, it will cause a domino effect within the planet’s interconnected and complex food web.
Science Advances (American Association for the Advancement of Science) stated that scientists estimated that the sixth extinction is already on the way. According to the extinction rates of the last few centuries, they have hypothesized that biodiversity will dissipate between 800 to 1000 years.
Assuming that mankind is the last species in existence after the mass extinction, human beings will not have any sources to support their living. As a result, death will be inevitable.
The Only Solution Is To Escape To Another Planet
Moving to Mars has been a hot topic since even before mankind first stepped on the moon.
However, is it the only choice we have?
Realistically, yes. It is unavoidable if humans continue to waste natural resources, deregulate industrial emission and neglect environment changes (like climate change.)
Theoretically, yes. As the human population increases, so does our ecological footprint. Even if we take measures now, theoretically, the extinction process will only be stalled.
There are limited resources on Earth. It takes longer for these resources to regenerate versus the time it takes for human beings to use it up.
When all the resources are expended, it is imperative to move elsewhere for the continuation of the human race.
The Earth Is Dying Anyway, So…
We should try our best to slow down the extinction process and explore the universe to find out where is the next possible planet to migrate to instead of indulging the waste and pollution, thus shortening the potential time we could have.