The Future of Life on Earth
One of the best aspects of this +Science on Google+
community - now at over 500,000 members(!) - is that it communicates the entire spectrum of scientific endeavour.
In a unique way, this content-rich presentation of diverse concepts and insights can increase the potential for cross-pollination of ideas between disciplines.
We are often reminded of how the power of collaboration in applying scientific and technological know-how can be made to decisively solve significant challenges. Few initiatives have presented this better than the +Fragile Oasis
, founded by Astronaut +Ron Garan
, whose outreach during his time on #ISS
and subsequent work to spread awareness of the #OrbitalPerspective
was instrumental in inspiring many people to think about how the many feats of engineering, scientific endeavour and international collaboration that made the #ISS
possible could be harnessed to solve many of the problems facing the Planet's population and ecosystems.
I know that members of this community are very aware of the huge potential of tools such as +Google+
for sharing information and dialogue across linguistic and cultural barriers, and when combined with the potential for current technological and social solutions to deliver significant benefit to communities worldwide, we embrace the fact that (perhaps for the very first time) #Humanity
now has the tools to solve many of the world's most pressing challenges.
I'm excited to see that +Ron Garan
has distilled this wisdom into a book - The Orbital Perspective
- which expounds the fact that we now live in a world where possibilities are only limited by our imagination and our will to act.
This publication, due for release in a few weeks, is heralded as a vital call to action, illustrating how lessons learned in #Space
can be applied to make life better for people on this singular life-giving Oasis within the cosmos.
I reckon that anyone interested in applying their knowledge and collaborative effort to solve the most pressing challenges to life on Earth will be very interested in this book's content and far-reaching message.
Here is a link to the book's website: http://www.orbitalperspective.com