2 min readThe costly collateral damage from Starlink

Faster internet or healthier skies? What is more important for us?

The following article was written by Roland Lehoucq and Francois Garner for The Conversation last May 27, 2020 and updated last September 7, 2020.

In it, the authors discuss Elon Musk’s plan to launch more than 42,000 satelittes that will circle the Earth in low orbit, which will fulfill Musk’s “dream of a ‘multiplanetary society’ and to fund it by providing all (solvent) Earthlings with high-speed Internet access.

The article goes on to look at the implications of Starlink’s plans, saying that the project will not only harm astronomical research, it will also create a massive amount of waste both on Earth and in outerspace. Moreover, the satellites will not add value to those in low-income societies and will only be a security risk for many countries due to its low orbit.

Editor’s Note: First humans colonized the Earth and made its natural resources personal property. Now, thanks to Starlink and other projects like it, humans will begin its colonization of outer space.

And with the huge amount of funds and other resources needed to make this dream a reality, it will only be logical that the Earth and its people will experience further exploitation. For what purpose?

Many people on Earth are still struggling to survive. The gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider by the day. With coronavirus restrictions in place, injustice and disrespect for human rights continue to plague our societies. Do we believe that the Starlink was made to benefit ALL human beings?

This proves once again the damage a reductionist mindset does to our societies. In the quest to understand the mind that has enabled the world into existence, we are damning the planet that has given us life, along with our entire civilization.

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