Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday said his space flight has reinforced his commitment to addressing climate change and environmental issues.
In an interview with MSNBC News, Bezos told host Stephanie Ruhle that his Blue Origin space launch on Tuesday was significant for building a path for future generations in space travel. He also said it was a reminder of the fragility of the planet Earth.
“We have to build a road to space so that our kids and their kids can build the future … when you get up and there you see it, you see how tiny it is and how fragile it is, we need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry and move it into space, and keep Earth as this beautiful gem of a planet that it is,” Bezos told Ruhle.
“So for me it reinforces my commitment to the climate change, to the environment, I think if you look at it to about, we have too much vilification in society today … not enough unity,” Bezos said. “So we want unifiers, not vilifiers and when you look out at the planet, there are no borders … there’s nothing, it’s one planet and we share it, and it’s fragile.”
Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is,” writes Douglas Adams in the cult sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
It might seem absurd, then, that space is also crowded – at least, the region closest to Earth. Bezos wants to further pollute this area that has no ecosystem or natural way of disposing of that pollution. While other planets in even our own solar system may be better suited for industry; Earth’s orbit (the only place Bezos has been) is not.