Updated 8:34 pm, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
“I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth,” Hawking said while speaking at the Starmus Festival, an event that celebrates science and the arts. “The Earth is becoming too small for us; our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate.”
The renowned theoretical physicist called for a “new and ambitious space program” in order to reignite the space race and begin “spreading out.”
“We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change, rising temperatures, the reducing of polar ice caps, deforestation and decimation of animal species,” Hawking said. “When we have reached similar crisis in or history there has usually been somewhere else to colonize. Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the new world. But now there is no new world …. We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds.”
“It is time to explore other solar systems,” he continued. “Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”
In addition to man-made disasters, the Cambridge scientist warned of the inevitable threat of an asteroid strike.
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“This is not science fiction it is guaranteed by the laws of physics and probability,” Hawking said. “To stay risks being annihilated.”
“If humanity is to continue for another million years it relies on boldly going where no one has gone before,” Hawking said. “I hope for the best. I have to. We have no other option.”
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