Advancements in space travel raise environmental sustainability concerns

The Hindu February 9, 2024, 02:00 PM UTC

Summary: Humans have always looked to the stars for navigation and inspiration. With technological advancements, dreams of space travel have become a reality. Plans for space tourism, moon and Mars missions, and lunar mining are underway. The moon holds valuable resources, and the Lunar Resources Registry is facilitating their exploration and extraction. However, the rapid resource exploitation in space raises concerns about environmental sustainability and the need for responsible actions to prevent extensive destruction. The concept of a "lunar Anthropocene" is proposed to highlight human impact on the moon and evoke a sense of responsibility. This mirrors the damage caused on Earth due to industrialization and unsustainable practices. The article emphasizes the importance of rethinking our approach to resource consumption and waste to ensure the survival of both Earth and space environments.

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