Captain Kirk wants us to NOT go beyond the Final Frontier

I really don’t have time for this – too much else to do – but there’s very little that can possibly be more urgent.

William Shatner, AKA Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, emailed me (well, OK, not personally, it was a mass email via Avaaz, but let’s let that slide).

This is what he said:

You may know me best as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, but last year I went to space for real. As I looked back at the fragile blue jewel of our planet from space I promised myself that I would do everything I could to protect our one and only home. That’s why I’m writing – as you read this, governments from around the world are meeting at a major summit in Montreal to decide whether to massively scale up protections for the environment, or let the planet go. So I am personally asking you to join me in backing the global call to protect half the Earth, and help make it massive. Add your name and I will deliver it directly to key leaders during the meeting.

Last year, I had a life-changing experience at 90 years old. I went to space, after decades of playing an iconic science-fiction character who was exploring the universe. I thought I would experience a deep connection with the immensity around us, a deep call for endless exploration.

I was absolutely wrong. The strongest feeling, that dominated everything else by far, was the deepest grief that I had ever experienced. I understood, in the clearest possible way, that we were living on a tiny oasis of life, surrounded by an immensity of death. I didn’t see infinite possibilities of worlds to explore, of adventures to have, or living creatures to connect with. I saw the deepest darkness I could have ever imagined, contrasting so starkly with the welcoming warmth of our nurturing home planet.

This was an immensely powerful awakening for me. It filled me with sadness. I realized that we had spent decades, if not centuries, being obsessed with looking away, with looking outside. I did my share in popularizing the idea that space was the final frontier. But I had to get to space to understand that Earth is and will stay our only home. And that we have been ravaging it, relentlessly, making it uninhabitable.

With hope and determination,

William Shatner
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To world leaders:
“We call on you to meet existing targets to protect biodiversity, forge a new agreement so that at least 50% of our lands and oceans are conserved, protected and restored, and ensure our planet is completely sustainably managed. This must take into consideration the needs of human development, and have the active support and leadership of indigenous peoples.

Sign now: Protect our one and only home!

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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13 Responses to Captain Kirk wants us to NOT go beyond the Final Frontier

  1. Jeff Cann says:

    As Kim Stanley Robinson points out in his book Aurora, we lack any immunity to the viruses and bacteria in other planets. Unless we someday find a magic bullet vaccine, we’re probably stuck here. I think it’s pretty cool that Shatner had this opinion reversing experience at age 90. I applaud him for keeping an open mind.

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  2. Bill Ziegler says:

    Having recently written about Catastrophic Climate Collapse, I am in solidarity with you and Captain Kirk; also reblogging this post to my site in the hope that it gets as many wings as Earthly possible.

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    • peNdantry says:

      Hi Bill,

      I would like to thank you for the reblog – but it seems that the reblog post on your site has gone walkies (it’s ‘404 not found’) – and so I’ve not (yet) approved the pingback.

      Did you perhaps delete your reblog post? If so, I’d love to know why, because I’m puzzled. If not – I’m even more puzzled! This post on phlyarology.com† may help explain my confuzzlement….

      † Phlyarology.com is a private site: you’ll need to request access (which is granted to any of my friends, and, having taken a look at your site, I’d very much like to include you as one!).

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  3. Bill Ziegler says:

    Reblogged this on billziegler1947 and commented:
    Reblogging this post to my site in the hope that it gets as many wings as Earthly possible.

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  4. Bill Ziegler says:

    Making the inexplicable explicable:
    Hi PeNdandtry! I was so affected by Kirk’s words, enough to convince me on publishing it at BillZiegler1947. And did indeed reblog it immediately. Then decided to add an extra website link for *extra* effect, placing the post on Private while searching for that Sorcerer’s Apprentice tweak. Ergo…epic fail.
    Wowsers!
    Shattner’s words now available to an even wider audience. Mission completed on Captain’s b(log)

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    • peNdantry says:

      Ah! I understand. Personally, when I do reblog (which isn’t as often as I’d like because of the tribbles I’ve had with reblog bugs in the past) I always just edit it right away (mainly to recategorise as something other than ‘Uncategorized’; one day I’ll get a round tuit and set ‘Reblog’ as the default as I always ensure none of my other posts are uncategorized).

      No worries – especially as I’ve learned another little something about the way WordPress works (in relation to a reblogged post’s slug). Totally useless information of course (especially when It All Changes Again) but, hey ho, it’s good to exercise that thinking thing in me ‘ead now and again :)

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      • Bill Ziegler says:

        Yes. Those tribbles know how to occupy space in Space.
        I look at a reblog as an annotation written in the margins of another blogger’s post, a way of saying “how cool was that?” A compliment to an author by a fellow author who gives full credit to the originator of a thought and, as I mentioned earlier in this thread, lending wings to important stuff that you wish others to recognize. It’s exactly why I borrowed a pair of those proverbial wings from the Dutch actor Katja Herbers who uses her name to leverage fame against the fossil-fuel behemoths who had already knew what was coming down as early as 1973.

        I often refer to a personal “out of body experience” while flying home from German studies in that very year. Perhaps I need to quote myself more often. No. It’s not “need”, it is “must” because we are literally ALL in this together.
        Holy wowsers, just found a post I’d published right here in April 2016. On Topic while searching for “1973” — my favorite year.
        https://billziegler1947.com/2016/04/11/tolstoy-and-schumacher-were-still-sitting-on-a-mans-back/

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        • peNdantry says:

          Thanks for that, Bill, and apologies: your comment was held up in moderation longer than I would have preferred; I wanted to check out the links you’d offered. I’m of the same mind; I think it’s essential to encourage good memes (by giving them ‘wings’, as you say) and try to counteract the bad ones, those that define the ‘normality’ that is bleeding our home planet dry.

          (Out of curiosity, I did a search for ‘1973’ here on Wibble. The result was a single post from 2020, coincidentally a ‘non-reblog reblog’ entitled ‘A brown new deal‘. You may find it of interest.)

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