SDG 15 | Can We Live Underwater or in Space?

Beside on land, do any other comfortable human-inhabitant-friendly environments to live, come to mind?

 

I mean for the 7.6+ billion of us? With all the, seemingly taken for granted, privileges life on land is currently providing us:

  •         air for our lungs
  •         foods and crops for us and our animals
  •         drinkables for our 70% water-based bodies
  •         sunlight for access to vitamin D
  •         electricity for our industries
  •         life-saving machines
  •         enough space and safety, to mention just a few.

 

Are we advanced enough to guarantee access to breathable air and essential goods and services for relocation to another planet for all living creatures? Are we sophisticated enough to adapt in time, if an ‘end-of-Earth’ scenario were to transpire? Or, will it inevitably mean the end of humankind?

 

So I ask you, dear reader, how sure are you, that we all can live someplace else? Moreover, if you are—just like me—in serious doubt, what are you still waiting for? The world is dying!

 

Have you ever tried to spark any conversations about the future of humans with others? What do they envision? What do your loved ones believe will be inscribed in the future for their descendants to endure?

 

Lately, I have been talking with many Americans, Hungarians, Africans, Indians, Chinese—you name it. The conversations even drove me to a point where I started to feel terrified! Especially as I consider that everything we picture in our minds can become our reality. Moreover, I suddenly felt so small and powerless: the most naïve out of the billions of us who depend on this planet to survive.

 

In every land of this world, I have kept asking people from all walks of life—university students, care workers, manufacturers, travellers, influencers, homeless people and even CEOs—what do they believe will happen to us, as a race, a seemingly ruling—and ruining—force in this universe?

 

The answers were sobering, unified and wholly deflated my hopes for humanity: either we escape our decimated planet someday, or humans will die out. Ironically, just like many species of flora and fauna, we have already driven to extinction.

Food for thought: “Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals”—the Guardian (1).

 

The chances of you sharing their mindset are pretty high. However, I am not afraid to imagine a better future for us. It is essential to share your positive vision publicly, as ideas have their way, as the world is way too negatively unbalanced.

 

I tend to be the only one in the room who believes in our inclination not to destroy sinfully, but to overcome our disputes and differences to harmonize—for the greater good—all destinies of every being on the pale blue dot in the cosmos we call home. Surely, I am not the only one?

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

Call to action:

  1. Read more → sustainabledevelopment.un.org
  2. Discuss the following topic with your sympathisers: Why is protecting our land and all life forms necessary for sustainable development?
  3. Find a project and reach out to the host entity to support them with advice or funds to deliver it, especially west African entities. The reason is the urgent need to deliver SDG-related changes there.
  4. Sponsor and motivate someone in your world to take a global volunteer project with AIESEC → aiesec.org/global-volunteer. I suggest one in the Benin Republic → aiesec.org/opportunity/870351

Admittedly, AIESEC initiatives have barely any resources to make things happen—it is a real struggle—I was the Marketing Director in Benin for the 2015-16 term. For more information about my predicament there, please contact me directly at krisztina.kapuvari@aiesec.net.

Article was written by Krisztina Kapuvári (findyourownlight) and originally posted on 5th September 2018 on Alumnet of AIESEC Alumni International – the platform available only for registered AIESEC alumnus.

Reposted on “whatareyoustillwaitingfor” blog, available for public.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of AAI.

Original Article Rights:

  • Drafted by Kriszti@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Illustrated by Kriszti@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Edited by Lee@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Published by Lee@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space

To support the enthusiastic group of few in the war against ignorance, follow this: https://www.amazon.com/What-Still-Waiting-World-Dying-ebook/dp/B079SWGJH7

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