Stephen Hawking, the black hole expert who died in March 2018, has warned us, in many examples, that this planet, along with us, is destined to die unless we do something about it. At the time of his death, Hawking remained convinced that our race would require a “Planet B” to survive.
He believed either climate change or nuclear war would one day wipe us all from the face of the Earth.
During an interview with BBC News, he said “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid. Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
This response of his came during the time when President Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Hawkings feared that we have crossed the line to a point of no return. The resources are being consumed faster than ever, and none of it is easily replenishable.
He noted during a Larry King Now interview that “We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,”. As the population is rapidly increasing, pollution levels are following. Our efforts to contain global warming was never enough. Even today we fail to do what we can.
Is there a way for us to escape our fate? To that question like many others, Hawking points to the sky. In his words, “The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”
Are we slowly marching to the inevitable death that Stephen Hawking predicts? Or will we find a way out? Only time will tell us. Till then we keep hoping and working in the present. Because at the end of the day action matters.