"We should fix Earth before we head to space!"
This is a common argument from those skeptical about space activities.
In a talk at the climate and space conference, Insure the Climate with Fuglesang Space Center, I refuted this claim.
The notion of having to choose between Earth and space is misguided. It's not merely that we can engage with both, it's imperative that we do so. Addressing environmental issues on Earth necessitates the use of space.
One illustration is the Allen Coral Atlas project. Utilizing satellite imagery and artificial intelligence, it monitors the health of coral reefs globally. Currently, over 230,000 coral reefs are under near real-time observation.
Picture the corresponding operation on Earth. The task of reaching the coral reefs daily, scuba diving, documenting, and compiling the information. It would result in an exceedingly costly and logistical endeavor that renders D-Day look straightforward.
Half of all the data utilized in climate research is sourced from satellites.
We need space to fix problems on Earth.
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