I can’t believe it’s been 41 years since astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon. Landing men on the moon in the summer of ’69 was an amazing technological achievement and it brought the world together in a universal moment of triumphant celebration.
The array of resources and brilliant minds put in place to accomplish this amazing feat was unprecedented and it’s exactly the kind of all out effort we need to put in place now to solve the issue of climate change and get the world off fossil fuels like coal.
Considering the amazing technological accomplishment that landing two men on the moon represents, it’s a sad state of affairs that 41 years later most of the world has still not managed to get beyond the industrial revolution era and is still burning coal to make electricity, particularly our American neighbours who won the race to the moon.
President Kennedy ignited the imagination of his generation when he set the seemingly impossible goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s. At the time, nothing could have seemed more unachievable. But it was a huge success and the mission was accomplished.
What the world needs now is a bold leader like President Kennedy who can set us on the path to getting the world off coal and ignite the imagination of our generation’s most brilliant minds: A leader who can see to it that the resources and the unwavering will needed are put in place to accomplish the task.
Getting the world off coal power should be our generation’s seemingly impossible goal. Our moon landing. And just imagine the universal moment of triumphant celebration when we finally accomplish this task?