President Obama: Call for a Second Giant Leap for Mankind
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy declared that we would put a man on the moon, in that decade. He called for a scientific revolution. We must have another scientific revolution; we must have a Second Giant Leap for Mankind. We must see 1 trillion dollars of new science funding and a permanent end to legislation that promotes science denial. We are asking President Obama to call for this in his State of the Union address.
Our generation will face unprecedented challenges to our way of living and to our survival as a species. Our population continues to climb, but the amount of clean water and living space we have on Earth has been stretched thin. Our climate is growing increasingly extreme. A disease like the Avian Flu, which (currently) has a 60 percent mortality rate, could become transmitted by humans and turn into a worldwide pandemic in our age of rapid travel. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and AIDS continue to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. The Earth is experiencing a rapid decline of biodiversity, especially in our oceans. We could be faced with a killer asteroid in the near future.
We know these threats sound like science fiction, but they are real and our generation will have to address them. The way to overcome these challenges and ensure the continued long-term existence of our species is through investment in rapid scientific innovation.
We have vision of the future where we overcome these challenges. We see a future where instead of denying climate science, we learn to harness wave energy and invest far more in revolutionary, sustainable technologies like algae fuel. We see a future where we learn how to turn off cancer cells. We believe in a world where cars will be automated and where Evacuated Tube Transportation will send passengers from New York to Beijing in two hours. We believe we can quickly create the tools to live elsewhere in the universe so we are not trapped where a single disaster on Earth could wipe out all of humanity. To do this we need a Second Giant Leap.
An open letter to the President has been written on this issue.
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