Climate Change: Myth vs. Reality

Climate change is an imminent issue that may become irreversible in 12 years, but why are some of the richest individuals in the world investing in space exploration rather than climate change? The world is falling apart: the carbon levels have never been this high, the ice caps are melting at an unprecedented pace and sea levels are rising. Yet billionaires such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson are in a very competitive billionaire space race. This raises the question: should we spend the next 12 years tackling the issue here on Earth or focus on finding a new home? Is it ethical to spend resources in space exploration when our planet is on fire?

Speaker


Jan Veizer

Jan Veizer

Jan Veizer is an emeritus professor of Geology at the University of Ottawa (Emeritus since April 2004) where he held the NSERC/Noranda/CIAR Research Chair in Earth Systems. From 1992 to 2004 he also served as the Director of the 'Earth System Evolution Program' of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). Dr. Veizer has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Willet G. Miller Medal (Royal Society of Canada, 1991), the G.W. Leibniz Prize, the highest award of the German Research Foundation (1992), the Logan Medal, the most prestigious honour granted by the Geological Association of Canada (1995), the Bancroft Medal (Royal Society of Canada, 2000) and the Gold Medal (Slovak Geological Survey). In 1986, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.