Stop/reduce the SpaceX Starlink project!

Stop/reduce the SpaceX Starlink project!

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Tony Hart started this petition to Elon Musk and

Description:

Elon Musk and the SpaceX program hold the intention of having 12,000 satellites in low earth orbit. Currently 300 of these are in orbit and already affecting the environment and our ability to view, interpret and relate to it.

Their goal is honorable: to achieve worldwide internet access.

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Problem:

Their process is not: form a mesh network of sattelites in low earth orbit across the globe that both block the night sky for astronomers, create an unnatural and unnerving presence and pollute the environment.

It would be a fantastic thing if everybody in the world were able to access the internet. It would also be a fantastic thing if they were able to do that without having to give up one of the most basic human rights - to enjoy and be connected to the natural environment that sustains us.

How many times have you simply looked at the stars and wondered? How many times have you felt the relief of being without service or internet and known that work and unnecessary distractions and demands cannot reach you. Worldwide internet access would benefit many people, but those people also need to be protected from the demands that technology quietly places on us.

Space and the night sky belong to all of us, in a much similar way as Antarctica. Until there has been some universal agreement about how to utilise the space that marks the difference between earth's atmosphere and the rest of space, private and government entities should be restricted in their ability to cover it with devices and make money from it. Governments act on behalf of the people and I believe that I speak on behalf of many when I say that actions are being taken without proper consideration for those affected.

I don't know about you, but I live thousands of miles away from SpaceX and the US but nobody has consulted myself, anyone I know, or my government about filling our visible sky with satellites and removing the sacred few 'black spots' left in my country.

The solution:

As always better planning would be sufficient. I advocate for the removal of the Starlink program, however a much more harmonious result would be for the Starlink program to only affect those areas that really need it. Populated areas with unreliable or no access to internet should could be catered for without adversely affecting the wider environment. Low and unpopulated areas with no real necessity for internet should most definitely be left as such.

This can be achieved in two parts; firstly, by forming a global binding agreement about the deployment and use of earth's atmosphere and the space around it to prevent selfish and unregulated use and destruction of it, and secondly, by halting, significantly reducing or scrapping the Starlink program altogether.

Appeal:

Think about it this way, when was the last time someone came to your house and looked at your photos? Why must we have this obsession with constant connectivity? Why is one person allowed to change and pollute the environment and others experience of it without asking or consulting them about whether it is what they really want?

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man seeks to adapt the world to himself - George Bernard Shaw

Elon Musk and the SpaceX Starlink program are undeniably unreasonable and selfish - please help to raise awareness for the other 7.69 billion people on the planet who may want to enjoy the night sky, the benefits afforded to society by astronomy, physics and astrophysics, and the occasional peaceful radio silence of a black spot.

https://spacenews.com/spacex-becomes-operator-of-worlds-largest-commercial-satellite-constellation-with-starlink-launch/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/11/20/this-is-how-elon-musk-can-fix-the-damage-his-starlink-satellites-are-causing-to-astronomy/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanocallaghan/2019/09/02/spacex-refused-to-move-a-starlink-satellite-at-risk-of-collision-with-a-european-satellite/amp/

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