Should We Colonize Mars?

Should We Colonize Mars?

Elon Musk says we should colonize Mars to keep humanity alive.
61
views

According to the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, as the population continues to grow exponentially, humanity is slowly but surely running out of resources. They predict that by 2050, human beings may have exhausted Earth's natural resources. To put that in perspective, I will be 51-years-old then.

Judging from the ongoing rate of consumption, experts at Oxford believe that by 2050, the population will reach nine billion people whereas the agricultural yield will almost be halved.

Not only that, humans are faced with increasing water scarcity, growing competition over land, manmade pollution, and as always, climate change.

This beckons the question of what are we going to do to survive?

Two years ago Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, proposed his plan to colonize Mars. His goal is to create Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) spaceships that will transport 1 million people to Mars within the next 50 to 100 years. The Verge reports this could cost about $200,000 per traveler.

If you think Mars is inhabitable, you might want to think again. Musk unveiled his other idea which is to warm up the planet by dropping nuclear bombs in the sky over the Martian poles. This would create tiny "suns" over the regions and turn any frozen carbon dioxide into gas. If you didn't know, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, meaning it absorbs and traps heat. The more of the gas that is in the atmosphere, the warmer the surface of Mars will become and potentially the more conducive it is to life form.

The question now becomes, "Based on the current rate humans are depleting Earth's resources, do you think we should colonize Mars and if so, would you consider moving to Mars?"

My answer is no, we should not colonize Mars. This is setting a bad example that people can create a problem, then hide from the repercussions of it. Instead, we should focus on fixing Earth and finding sustainable ways of living. In the long run, say we do successful manage to colonize Mars. Give it X years or so and the same thing happens where humans deplete all of Mar's resources.

Where are we going to run to then? Jupiter?

Cover Image Credit: The Daily Dot

Popular Right Now

25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
30315
views

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

Cover Image Credit: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8289/7759302068_fac2dfd31d_b.jpg

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Pros And Cons Of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Awesome Game!!
80
views

Having any doubts about downloading the newest and latest Harry Potter app, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery? Well before I start, let me tell you I believe that this game is truly brilliant and I have not been able to stop playing it. There are a couple cons that I found along the way that can get a tad annoying while playing, but there's a few that are needed to make it a good game to play.

Pro: We get another pre-Harry Potter story.

The app's story takes place after the first wizarding war, while Harry is still a baby. As of yet, there hasn't been any reference to how this story might relate to Voldemort, but it's great to have our own story.

Con: There are energy limits.

What do you mean I need more energy to relax?! I understand the point of having to use energy for tasks but maybe rename a few tasks? Why do I need to use energy to take a nap?

Pro: You meet some classic, beloved characters.

Aside from all your favorite teachers, including Hagrid before he was a teacher, you get to meet some great characters. Some characters include some of the Weasleys and the amazing Nymphadora Tonks.

Con: We have to BUY glasses?!

I wear reading glasses! What if I want my character to wear glasses but don't have the coins or diamonds to pay for them? Same goes for hairstyles, there are a couple I like but the one I really like costs diamonds. You can earn diamonds but slowly, if you want a lot then you have to use muggle money to pay for them.

Pro: You take all your favorite classes!

That's right! You can take potions, transfiguration, herbology, flying, and a bunch more. Some unlock later throughout your years at Hogwarts. Its not always easy peasy though, you gotta work for good grades!

Con: More waiting…

When out of energy, you gotta wait for it to refill. I did my waiting! 12 years! In Azkaban!... sorry couldn't help myself, but we have been waiting to go to Hogwarts and this app is pretty close to giving us the experience. I understand why there isn't unlimited energy but still!

Pro: This holds us over while we wait for Wizards Unite!

If you haven't heard, we're getting a wizard version of Pokemon Go! called Wizards Unite. Hogwarts Mystery is a perfect way to keep us entertained until we can be wizards on the go!

Pro: We finally get to be wizards!

We get to make potions, fly on brooms, and cast spells all with the tips of our fingers! We get our own story, bully and all haha. Definitely, a dream come true if you ask me!

The list may be short but there are so many more pros than there are cons that I didn't want this article to take an hour to read. I hope this gave you a little bit of what to expect in this awesome roleplaying game. It's free to download! So what are you waiting for?!

Cover Image Credit: Photo by James & Carol Lee

Related Content

Facebook Comments