Blame the scientist for the death of science fiction, for the decrease in people’s interest in science, for America becoming the next socialist state, and the eventually collapse of the United States of America.
I recently found a posting on Scientific America http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=south-pole-environment-antarctic-treaty , that went to explain how the sea life in Antarctica has been reduced by fishing, how the fragile environment is being destroyed by the thousands of tourist that visit the continent each year. The article ultimately states that allowing countries to lay claim to parts of Antarctica could stem the decline of certain marine life.
Once again we hear scientist raising the alarm that due to mans influence, we are destroying fragile ecosystems and something needs to be done. Unfortunately what this tells the youth is that unless you become an environmentalist you are just as criminal as a murderer.
This continual rhetoric of global warming and man destroying the environment has killed science fiction. Why, because there is no hope for a better world. We have been told for so many years now that the Earth is falling apart and that we are to blame. This inappropriate, irrational fear mongering has been forced on us to such an extent that no one can even imagine a future with space ships, flying cars or any of the host of cool technological leaps we were promised in the 50’s and 60’s. How can anyone imagine a science fiction future, if all you can imagine is growing up to be “one with nature.”
Yes the environment is important and it needs to be managed and USED to its fullest to lift up man and not bring him back to the hunter gatherer stage of evolution. Leading man to that end will surely destroy man and the planet in the process. What needs to happen is man needs to progress as quickly as possible to that science fiction future, to the future where near limitless power is not science fiction but science fact, where space elevators exist, where colonies on the moon and mars are thriving communities, and where mining the asteroid belt is a legitimate career choice for someone that is born today. Once we have put man at the forefront of science, placed our needs above all else, then we can look back to the planet Earth and turn it into a complete natural preserve. Unavoidably things will be lost along the way, but at the way we are going nothing will be saved.