A new paper from NASA’s Planetary Science Division and Pennsylvania State University academics details a rather frightening consequence of climate change that we may not have contemplated before — we are more likely to be invaded by aliens. Extraterrestrial beings may sound a lot like science fiction, but with all of the billions of solar systems, planets and stars in the universe, scientists believe that just because we haven’t had contact with other beings doesn’t mean they aren’t there. That being said, NASA’s researchers know that planets can be intimately studied from afar — because that’s what they do every day — and think that aliens could be out there detecting changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Based on those observations, they could reach a conclusion that we have lost control of our planet and civilization and thus, would be easy to overthrow. Perhaps green design can do more than save us from ourselves, it could save us from extraterrestrials too.

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Admittedly, this paper is a little far out — they go so far as to reference science fiction within their own conjecture — but the basis for their idea is solid. We are losing control of our planet and society by vast overuse of our resources and the resulting decimation of our environment. If there is another community out there in the universe and they are observing us, they are most likely laughing at our ineptitude. If nothing else, this is just another reason to push green design throughout our civilization, and a massive implementation of renewable energy could be the key to maintaining the rule of earthlings over Earth.

The authors drive their point home in the conclusion by saying, “ecosystem-valuing universalist ETI may observe humanity’s ecological destructive tendencies and wipe humanity out in order to preserve the Earth system as a whole. These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets.” Then, perhaps in a moment of self realization, the authors take a step back to say that maybe we should focus on the environmental movement for other reasons. “We acknowledge that the pursuit of emissions reductions and other ecological projects may have much stronger justifications than those that derive from ETI encounter, but that does not render ETI encounter scenarios insignificant or irrelevant.”

So there you have it, one more reason to keep the green design bandwagon moving forward. It could save the world and our species from a Hollywood alien invasion finale.

+ Read the paper here

Via TG Daily