"Greater Earth" is the vision of an enlarged earth, developed and populated by a larger, politically united humanity. As a project for the 3rd millennium, it offers a realistic perspective for the so-called conquest of space. After a successful epoch of the use of near-earth space, the colonization of our entire solar system would be possible and the penetration into interstellar space conceivable. This would make it possible for the human species to survive in the distant future. But first our survival would have to be secured in the near future. For this the possibility of a democratic World Union of actually United Nations is up for debate.
When I read the novel "2061 Odyssee III" by Arthur C. Clarke some time ago, I remembered that in many science fiction stories the political unification of mankind is taken for granted. In his
novel "The Last Generation" Clarke had aliens force people to choose a world government and to realize world peace. As in most of these genres, esoteric fantasies prevailed. Today there are quite
a few horror visions circulating, which already see mankind surrounded by aliens, who want to bring the planet earth under their total control by means of a "New World Order". UFO believers
propagate a "Galactic Federation of Light" to save the planet. For storytellers, it is a lucrative business.
But especially in science fiction there are interesting thought games for future ideas, far away from any irrationality, as long as the laws of nature are observed. In his 1968 work "A new era is dawning - electronics and space travel are changing the world" Arthur C. Clarke - less as a science fiction author, more as a physicist - developed visions for the future of mankind. It could be a great future.
Just as a "Big History" could lay the emotional foundation for the later political unification of our world, so the idea of a "Big Future" as a driving force for a better world would also be very
useful. It would not only be a matter of preserving our planet's suitability for life by protecting the biosphere. It would also be about changing the earth so that this protection becomes
feasible and effective without us humans having to go back to the Stone Age.
But how do you change a planet like Earth? Changes take place all the time anyway, currently in a negative sense, e.g. due to climate change. Even natural events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions lead to serious changes, not to mention the dangers of meteorite impacts. The solution is to enlarge the planet. That sounds strange at first, but it is a very compelling logic. Near-Earth space must be included in what we call Earth.
The so-called conquest of space is usually seen as people traveling to distant planets to colonize them. There is nothing against the exploration of our solar system and beyond, but for the
practical use of space there are more realistic, above all closer goals. The artist Arthur Woods, who lives in Switzerland, shows us a new perspective of our planet with his concept of a "Greater
Just imagine the possibilities that would result. Most of the human activities that burden the Earth's ecosystem could be outsourced. There are more than enough raw materials in near-earth space and the sun provides inexhaustible energy. Weight plays virtually no role in the weightlessness of space. Huge factories could be built and space settlements of gigantic dimensions in which people could live permanently under earth-like conditions. At this opportunity, protecting the earth from asteroid impacts would be routine and would bring additional sources of raw materials. Expeditions into further space would have solid bases at their disposal.
Of course, this sounds utopian, but the use of near-earth space is already a reality. Without satellites in orbit, many things would not be possible - especially in global communication - which
is already a technical standard today. But there is also a great danger here: the resulting space debris could lock us up on this planet. The Kessler effect would make further use, as well as
space missions, practically impossible for an unforeseeable period of time. The entire technical infrastructure would break down over time. There is an urgent need for action here. Transport to
Earth's orbit would also have to be fundamentally different. This can no longer be achieved with rockets. Future space travel needs different solutions. Scientists and technicians are working on
it. These will be gigantic projects that require an unprecedented degree of multilateral cooperation, but are still cheaper than any war.
Again much utopia, one assumes the unreasonableness of the masses and the small-mindedness of most of their political leaders. But the further development of reason does not stand still. The Big History continues and hopefully will be continued in a Big Future. The course must be set for this today. Private space companies are already working on concrete plans for the use of near-earth space, e.g. through asteroid mining. But it is absolutely necessary to regulate everything that is world political, otherwise it will lead to superfluous competition and will inevitably lead to the militarization of space.
That is why, as Mondialists, we are committed to the political unification of humanity in a democratic World Union by the end of this century at the latest and call on all people to support this goal as far as they can. If you think something is worth striving for, you have to want it, even if the goal goes beyond your own life span. The children born in the next 10 to 15 years form the generation that is massively confronted with the problems and challenges of the future. They will bear the main burden to lead humanity into a better future. Our task today is to do the necessary preparatory work.
Eight Billion Steps
Info Service German
Affairs of Mankind
Week of Action
Europe and more