I have just finished writing this article, and when looking back on it- felt I needed to add this before you read: You need to get over yourself. I’m sorry but you do. I need to as well. I kept on stopping and laughing when writing this because I can’t believe I was taking about ‘Colonizing Mars’ as fact, not fiction. This is a serious issue which has dawned on us- and we need to treat it as precisely that. So just take a moment to take this in- because soon, like it or not, people will be living on Mars…
This has never happened before. There has been so much focus on the SpaceX project, and other companies and individuals trying to get to Mars- such as Richard Branson of Virgin Everything– and yet, there is a huge question which beckons asking, one which I am astounded hasn’t had more focus- Who Will Own Mars?
“We have to now step up and fight for our own rights- so that we can live on a Mars at least as free as Earth is right now…”
To help us answer this question- it makes perfect sense to look at our most latest example of extraterrestrial ownership- the Moon. Ever since man stepped foot on the Moon in 1969, different individuals and companies have claimed to own land on the Moon, and some have even sold it for a profit. So, shouldn’t there be any rule or regulation protecting people from doing this? Well… There isn’t. The 1979 Moon Treaty was established to try and prevent people from taking ownership of the Moon- but only a minority of states in the US have signed it (11)- and the rest of the world’s cooperation with said Treaty leaves a lot to be desired. In summary, there are no rules or regulations preventing ownership of the Moon.
This might seem okay as no one lives on the Moon, and very trivial in fact, but the same can not be said about Mars. Elon Musk has already said that he plans to get 1 million people to Mars– so there are clearly plans to make it habitable, from NASA and private individuals like Musk.
“The United Nations should claim Mars for it’s own so that it can be run for the benefit of everyone.”
Whatever Elon Musk’s moral stance on the subject of colonization, he (like Richard Branson) is a businessman whose number one priority has always been to ensure a profit is turned to keep his companies and innovations alive. It would therefore be highly unethical to let an individual or entity such as these colonize Mars. In my opinion, the United Nations should claim Mars for it’s own so that it can be run for the benefit of everyone. The United Nations is the perfect candidate for this as they are an intergovernmental organisation who do not have a responsibility to make a profit and cater to a specific market- unlike companies such as Virgin.
Individuals like Elon Musk have incredibly good intent, and are doing amazing work- helping to define our generation from the last. But if they want a truly forward thinking and free new world on Mars- then they have to realize that they can not own Mars for themselves.
We’ve never faced a challenge like this before, but instead of gawking and praising the new innovations of our time- we have to now step up and fight for our own rights- so that we can live on a Mars at least as free as Earth is right now– and preferably much much more…
George Lincoln, Ordinary Author.