Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Space Renaissance Initiative

I just signed this appeal:

Help the space economy revolution!
The global economy is entering a deep crisis, the worst since 1929. This is the second act of the "Crisis of Closed-World Ideologies", which has been developing throughout the XX Century. In 1989, the fall of the Berlin wall was the Crisis of Collectivist Ideology. The recent massive failure of the financial system is the Crisis of Neo-Liberal Ideology. Both these ideologies failed because they are based upon a closed-world, terro-centric philosophy. There are now almost 7 billion humans making massive demands on planet Earth: we urgently need to open the frontier, and move to a wider vision of our world, so as to access geo-lunar system resources and energy. In short, we need a new "Open World Philosophy". The alternative would be the implosion and collapse of our civilization. The most promising event of the current time, the emerging countries' industrial revolution, will very soon have to face the dramatic insufficiency of the energy and other resources of the Earth. Because of this they are destined to fail if they remain locked within our planetary boundaries.
There are some encouraging signs, pointing the way out of such confinement: in 2004, Scaled Composites proved that low-cost space travel is feasible - as it has been for 50 years. And both China and India have the Moon in their sights: they seem to understand clearly that space offers an alternative to a darkening future.
This is because it is now evident that any closed-world strategy will result in tragedy, as the 1930s depression ended with World War II. Today, since the energy and resources of planet Earth are not enough, it is far too likely that this crisis will end with a terrible holocaust, if we do not reach outside our world to obtain new resources and energy.
Consequently if G20 discussions are to solve the economic crisis, they must include plans for geolunar system industrialization, as the only sustainable direction for development, since this will make non-terrestrial resources and energy available. If governments are to give out financial aid, it should not be to obsolete industrial segments!
Help should be given to the most promising industrial revolution of our age: the ignition of the space economy, which can only be based on low-cost space travel. This means, initially, rapidly developing low-cost space travel, industrialization of the Moon, space solar power supply, and accessing extra-terrestrial resources from asteroids and cometoids!
There need be no depression if we aim high! If we want our civilization to continue, and to reach a higher ethical level, a new Renaissance is necessary and urgent - a Space Renaissance, the industrial and cultural revolution of our age!
Stock exchanges are burning billions each week, but what are they burning? Only bits of information in bank accounts. Real wealth is not money, but technologies and the potential for work: with 7 billion intelligences, Humanity has never been so rich! The above is clearly evident to all astronautic humanists, but not to our political leaders!
This is a call to the thousands of astronautic humanists, space activists, and all visionaries of a space-faring humanity. We must speak out loudly this time: the G20 should become G21, including a representative of future citizens of orbital and lunar cities and elsewhere in the Solar System! If a nation is defined by a shared ideal, then we are a nation, the Land of the Space Renaissance, and our homeland is currently a region in cyberspace!
But we could hold a major Space Renaissance Forum, one week before the next G20, in April 2009, calling on all existing pro-space organizations and all sincere astro-humanists to join! The aim will be to give a contribute to the solution of the problem, in an open-minded spirit, and not to make useless polemics.
Please show your interest and help this idea: it could make a big difference by bringing this vital new idea to the attention of the public.
Add your signature to this call, here:, thank you!

This call was written by:
Adriano Autino, Patrick Collins, Alberto Cavallo, Michael Martin-Smith, Charles Radley
The promoters organizations group is open and growing.
For the complete list so far, please see the web site
Join the Organizational Committee -


Geon said...

Uite si continuarea la piesa de teatru in care "OMUL DE STIINTA" il cearta pe "OMUL SIMPLU":
Oare lumea e tampita? Nu vedeti ce le vindeti?
Nu intelegeti, ca cercetatori marginiti, care va inchinati la ecuatia lui Schroedinger si la solutiile ei particulare, ca batjocura lumii la adresa voastra este justificata? E un semnal de alarma si un fel de chemare grosolana, atavica la normal. Oamenii, va indeamna cu brutalitate sa reveniti la lasati la o parte eprubetele si topaitul prin spatiu, printre altele...Reveniti mai aproape de oameni, mai aproape natura. Nu va chinuiti degeaba sa vindecati omenirea de frici: FRICILE VOASTRE SUNT CEL PUTIN LA FEL DE MARI CA ALE OAMENILOR SIMPLI, DOAR CA VOI VA INCHINATI PARINTILOR FIZICII CUANTICE, SI SPERATI LA O SALVARE TEHNOLOGICA PENTRU GRIJILE VOASTRE PSIHOLOGICE.(SAU POATE SIMPATICII WATSON SI CRICK va calauzesc pasii spre vremuri mai bune, in care specia imbunatatita nu se va mai teme de nimic).
Va CHINUITI DE SUTE DE ANI SA-I LECUITI pe oameni de ignoranta, voi niste indrumatori adevarati care-i intrebati o intrebare profunda: "ce ati zice daca nu ati mai putea vorbi la telefonul mobil?".
Ce ar zice? Le-ar curge o lacrima din ochi si ar spune: "nu. asta nu se poate. va rugam sa ne iertati pentru ca am subestimat programele spatiale. nici ca vom mai face greseala asta. VORBITUL LA TELEFONUL MOBIL A DEVENIT UN FEL DE AL DOILEA AER PENTRU NOI. FARA EL, NU PUTEM SA NE CONTINUAM EXISTENTA. LA FEL, DRAGI INDRUMATORI, VIATA FARA TRANSMISIUNI DE FOTBAL IN DIRECT e trista si lipsita de sens.
Tinem cont si de teama noastra fantastica de asteroid, dar suntem constienti ca se va naste un Parinte-al-Popoarelor, care cu ajutorul fizicii cuantice va salva omenirea de la coliziunea cu asteroidul".
Cam asta ar zice. Si vor tanji mereu spre acei oameni care sa-i ajute sa-si exploateze bogatiile interioare si sa le faca viata mai frumoasa. Si vor lua in bataie de joc viata diabolica de om de stiinta.
Prea putin le va pasa sa afle ca "spaţiul cosmic adăposteşte bogăţii mult mai mari, care aşteaptă să fie exploatate".
In continuare va imbatati cu imaginea omului-taran-prost pe care il salvati de la pieire si deveniti niste mari eroi. DE BENZI DESENATE.