Will Cows be in Zoos?

I have been reading Cool Hunting daily since it began in 2003. Long time reader. They do a great job of aggregating a few articles daily that I am interested in.

The other day I read this in the headline. 24 Potentially “superhabitable” planets discovered. All in capitals. Needless to say I read on. The short blurb is below.

A recently published study titled In Search for a Planet Better than Earth: Top Contenders for a Superhabitable World has revealed astronomers have identified 24 planets that may not only be habitable for humans, but possibly “even better for life than our Earth.” These planets could support more biodiversity and biomass (aka organisms) than the planet we currently call home and were found by researchers examining Kepler Objects of Interest which tracks potential Exoplanets. The discovery supports the Copernican Principle, “a centuries-old assumption that Earth does not occupy a special place in the universe”—meaning Earth is the only planet we are certain supports life (or life as we know it) but that it surely can’t be the only one. The “favorite” planet orbits a star 3,000 light years away. Leading the research team, scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch tells VICE, “We are so focused on finding a mirror image of Earth that we may overlook a planet that is even more well-suited for life.” 

Think about that. Think about the future. Is this the future of my great-grandchildren? Could be. It doesn’t seem so crazy.

Think about the other issues with our planet particularly when it comes to global warming. We have done serious damage to our planet. It is obviously sick. It is coming back to bite us in the ass with fires, floods, heat, hurricanes, tornados, and the list goes on. Our planet is not happy.

As the ultimate optimist I do believe that we will figure out a way to fix many of these things and shift us in a different direction. Perhaps it is living in a variety of planets, it has to be listening to mother nature and changing the way we eat and live.

If things go in the right direction, we could find cows in zoos or the Museum of Natural History in 30 years instead of grazing the farmlands of America.