The world’s richest man and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos believes that in the future, humans will have to vacate the earth, with the planet being reserved only for residential and light industrial activities.
And the American billionaire is proposing a partnership with his company with government bodies like NASA to quicken the possibility of creating a permanent settlement for humans on the moon.
Jeff Bezos was presented with an award for space settlement advocacy last week at a ceremony at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, United States. At the programme, he talked about a future where humans will be compelled to vacate the Earth for the planet’s sake.
Mr Bezos is the world’s richest person, worth an estimated $176 billion, and in 2000 founded aerospace manufacturing company Blue Origin with the goal of reducing the cost of travel to space.
“We will have to leave this planet. We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better. We’ll come and go, and the people who want to stay, will sta,” Bezos said.
According to Bezos, heavy industry will be done in space – first with the Moon being the idyllic starting point due to solar power and the discovery of ice in permanently shadowed craters at the poles, which could be used for energy.
“The Earth is not a very good place to do heavy industry. It’s convenient for us right now. But in the not-too-distant future — I’m talking decades, maybe 100 years — it’ll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we currently do on Earth in space, because we’ll have so much energy,” Bezos said.
Bezos is the founder of aerospace manufacturing company which ultimately aims to reduce the cost of space travel. Blue Origin has already designed a string of spacecraft to help reduce the cost of space travel, creating settlements and also being able to carry humans to the Moon.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos is worth $134 billion today.