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‘Spaceship Earth’ And Our Dwindling Resources

Spaceship Earth.

A term not heard everyday, but one with great implications behind it.

In short, it is a phrase used to express concern over the Earth’s dwindling resources, and to define our part as a collective to work for the planet’s greater good.

The term was first coined by Barbara Ward in her book Spaceship Earth after a speech by her good friend, Adlai Stevenson, to the U.N. Stevenson was a politician in the Democratic party of the U.S., as well as the 5th U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

In his speech, he said,

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft…”

Essentially, Adlai underscored how it is our duty to care for and nurture the planet that gives us life, shelter, and a whole host of wonderful things. We need to remember exactly how fragile the Earth truly is, and the terrible damage we do to it each and every day.

Over time, our destructive nature will exact its tragic toll on the planet, and our lineage surviving us will be left with a broken world. They will look back through history to our time, and rightfully point their fingers.

With that being said, how can we best serve the planet, and in turn, the human race? It’s quite simple, and it begins at your home. Taking care of the energy and resources you use is a good start, as well as educating and teaching those around you, like your children, family members, and friends, the importance of conservation.

Donate and support charities who work hard to save the planet, the ocean, and who are working to bring mankind to other worlds, so that we might lessen our drain on the Earth.

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