To create an international treaty that allows for safe planetary colonization.

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When you think about planetary destruction you probably associate it with some form of science fiction. However, there is an opportunity for our world to experience utter devastation if action is not taken soon.

       Many large nations and corporations across the world are working on making a one way trip to Mars possible. This will be an incredible step in the advancement of mankind. It will be the first time that we have extended humanity to another planet in the solar system. Colonizing the red planet and creating a culture there is a great goal to have. However, there are some issues with the colonization process. 

     If a country were to reach the red planet and set up shop. What other than moral obligation would keep them from utilizing all of the resources for personal gain? Well there are actually 5 treaties in place currently to protect against this. Here is the link to look at them more specifically:

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties.html

Unfortunately, the most recent of these treaties was created in 1984. 33 years ago. Since then, there have been other guiding principles created for space law, but no treaties to discuss what happens on a one way trip to a planet. 

      I believe it is completely necessary to address this fact. There are many ethical issues at play here. Since there is no one enforcing these laws in space, anyone up there alone could run rampant. Additionally, if we are to progress as a race, we may want to abolish the "Outer Space Treaty" and allow for controlled colonization of planetary bodies by new governments.

        I am not calling for a specific solution but rather that we create one that can be agreed upon worldwide.I need your support to help bring this concern to our world's leaders so we can standardize space exploration and colonization. Treaties are powerful and can change the world. The United Nations holds this power and it can be used to avert potential crisis. However, If this potential crisis is left unchecked, we may lose the only world we have. 

 

 



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