New for 2019, How To Save the Planet is inspired by the Apollo Moon Landings and NASA image AS08-14-2383 – or “Earthrise” as it is more famously known. Taken by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders from behind the Moon, the image is one of the most iconic ever taken and has been described as “the most influential environmental photograph ever”.
Seeing our pale blue dot hanging alone in the vastness of space, changes everything for every human that has ever left our home planet…
“Every single part of the Earth reacts with every other part… and seeing the planet from above makes you realise that, and makes you want to be a little more proactive in keeping it that way. If I could get every Earthling to do one circle of the Earth, I think things would run a little differently.” Karen Nyberg, NASA astronaut
Sitting in a highly engineered space craft designed to sustain limited human life for short periods, the idea that we should be deliberately disrupting the complex, fragile, millennia-old life support systems of a planet that sustains billions of species seems…. incomprehensible.
“Suppose I can transfer the experience which I have to you. Then you would go out and see the Earth. And when you have the spirit and the insight and the attitude of an astronaut, you start to love the Earth. And if you really love something, you don’t want to lose it. Our Earth has cancer.” Wubbo Ockels, NASA astronaut and the first Dutch citizen in space
And, seemingly, there is nothing we can do to stop it.
Or is there? What if more of us had the chance to experience that perspective on our world? What if the people responsible for the global actions, that can save, or destroy, our home – world leaders and CEO’s – had that insight? Is it enough to imagine it? Or do we have to send them there – to space?
How to Save the Planet is a new storytelling show for The Space Shed. But we don’t have much time. Just 30 minutes before the Space Shed has to launch so LISTEN UP because UNSA’s Director of Human Spaceflight Operations and UNSA’s first astronaut Mini Jon need to get you on board with their plan to (you guessed it) save the planet!
How to Save the Planet is a show about art, science, the environment and activism. It uses the perspective from space to:
• highlight the urgent need for us, as a planet, to change our attitude and behaviour towards The Environment
• equip its audience with key facts and information to persuade others that this is true
• offer an opportunity for everyone to make an immediate, creative contribution to affect change at a global, political level.
There are also jokes.
Welcome to the show. We hope you can join us.
Find out more on our dedicated Space Shed website.