Space Ethicist with MA Phil in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. Specialized in environmental ethics in outer space.
- Currently looking for job opportunities, internships and PhD positions -
Areas of expertise:
Contemporary space exploration
Today we are entering a new space age; Space 4.0. The current human generation is about to take those first tentative steps towards living a life on another planet. Simultaneously, the climate crisis here on planet Earth poses existential risks to the human civilization and the majority of terrestrial life. So far, the main rationale for space exploration has been scientific. Space development and migration, however, means that all aspects of human life and human society are expanding into outer space. In the span between these two major planetary and civilizational events of our era - the climate crisis and the possibility of becoming multiplanetary - an extensive field of scientific and philosophical inquiry is emerging. How may we navigate through the major risks and obstacles these events entail? How may we learn from our past and present on planet Earth, and how can we shape a desirable future in space?
So far the new space age is not looking particularly new at all. On the contrary, it is for the greater part taking the shape of a continuation of colonialism, capitalism and human instrumentalism, a pragmatic and technical oriented business as usual approach expanded to the space sphere. This approach is followed by a number of social, environmental, ethical, juridical and political issues.
The project of becoming multiplanetary is, however, an intergenerational civilizational project and a project in civilization. It requires long-term and collective thinking, global, interdisciplinary and intergenerational communication, and articulation of common objectives. Space 4.0 is not only about expanding the human sphere to outer space, it is also deeply connected to solutions, opportunities, risks and trajectories related to current global problems on Earth. Space ethics exploratively asks some of the most crucial questions at the intersection of these current and future events, about the future of life as we know it, and it exposes complex risks from the microscale to the macroscale. It is a field which possibly holds some of the keys to overcome the immense challenges humankind is currently facing, and enable a sustainable, fair, prosperous and meaningful future on Earth and beyond. At that, it is a field which also promotes hope.