Humankind is dependant, each and every one of us, on the bounty of our little spaceship moving in space. We have a responsibility to be good passengers, not hassle our flight attendants, a not brawl while aboard. Sometimes we do a better job of doing this, sometimes we suck. People have brought onboard nuclear weapons, been greedy with the provisions of food, and introduced hate, but others have worked to bridge together the crew, keep problems under control, and help humankind plot a safe course. We have met many challenges but many still exist, and we must continue working on them.
Today our spaceship is warming to dangerous levels because we have emitted too much Carbon Dioxide into our atmosphere, but all is not lost. We can learn from history and solve this problem. I know change can be hard to believe in, but maybe a little story will convince you.
On April 11, 1970 a Americans hurtled into space atop a Saturn V rocket en route to the moon, supported on the ground a group of technicians averaging in age of 28. All was going well, the flight was “routine” until 2 days into the flight when an oxygen tank ruptured damaging the spaceship.
Suddenly the team was faced with a number of issues and were left to figure out a way home. They were running out of power, but more critically, they we running out of clean air. They needed to figure out how to fit filter cartridges from their spaceship into their life raft, square pegs into round holes.
Now we all know how the story ends, they did it, but I want to emphasize the HOW…
With the cover to the Apollo 13 flight plan, a roll of gray duct tape a plastic bag, a hose, a bungee cord, and a sock (Items I think most of us could find lying in our houses) they reduced the CO2 levels. It was not rocket science, it wasn’t mission impossible, it was not technically difficult, ground breaking, ect…
They used their brains and worked together to solve their spaceship’s problem using technology they already had, and so can we.
Our spaceship is running low on fuel too (well at least the fossilized kind), and our scrubbers are reaching capacity (or we have cut them down), but we have the tools we need to stop the continued growth in carbon emissions.
It may not require a sock or duct tape, but I know we can do it by working together and committing to little things that make progress. I believe we can can keep our spaceship running well into the future, and I want to do my part to make sure it happens.
My ride on Spaceship One has been full of surprises so far, and this blog will be an opportunity to share my thoughts with you along the way. In just a few months I will be headed of to the Peace Corps and if you follow along, you may get treated to some AWESOME story telling… like the above… and get a glimpse a what I am thinking about whatever… All I can promise is run on sentences, random thoughts, poor spelling, and hopefully some honesty and critical analysis. Till next time…