Carl Sagan: Who speaks for Earth?

Carl Sagan: Who speaks for Earth?
Our obligation to the vast and ancient cosmos

“We have heard the rationales offered by the super powers. We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for the human species, who speaks for Earth?” – Carl Sagan

The late Carl Sagan, famed astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator and cosmologist, says it is time we stood up for our planet.

“Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.”

Carl Sagan played a leading role in the American Space Program and was a long time NASA advisor. He asks us what account we’d give an extra terrestrial about our stewardship of the earth?

“National boundaries are not evident when we view the earth from space. Fanatic ethic or religious or national identifications are a little difficult to support when we see our planet as a little fragile crescent, fading to become a little inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.”

Enjoy this journey through the wonder of the earth and the cosmos.

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