World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking – recently the subject of The Theory of Everything, an award-winning biopic – has some bad news for us: it seems like the human race won’t last too long unless it leaves earth.
Hawking, as quoted in an interview with BigThink.com, believes that humans might, in fact, have only 200 years left to leave our current home.
“It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million,” said Hawking. “Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward-looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space.”
In light of growing evidence of the devastation that human pollution is causing to Earth and its environment, Hawking’s claims might not be too shocking.
Furthermore, factors like asteroids, hostile alien populations, or supernovae or gamma-ray bursts in the nearby universe could be disastrous for life on Earth.
“The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet,” he added. “Let’s hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load.”