We at Hancha are a collective of nerds, so, it’s easy for us to be awed by NASA and space exploration; but, it does not mean we have forgotten about Earth. Cars have a bad reputation for being dirty and are a symbol of pollution, but in reality less than 15% of all CO2 emissions come from road vehicles.
Just because we enjoy burning petrol, doesn’t mean we don’t care about the planet. It doesn’t mean we should stop trying to reduce that amount and reduce our environmental impact. In the meantime, what we can do is offset our CO2 emissions by increasing photosynthesis and increasing the CO2 to Oxygen conversion. That is why we have chosen to support Cool Earth in preserving rainforests. Each year we will donate part of our net profits to preserve enough land so we have a net Oxygen output.
I believe we are extremely fortunate and privileged to do what we enjoy. I also believe we should give back to the world that’s been so good to us. The issue dearest to my heart is promoting education in the STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). However, I believe the best way to do that is by helping fund NASA, a technological juggernaut which promotes advancement for all mankind. So, I am proud to announce we will be donating a portion of our net profits to Penny4NASA each year.
People may believe that spending money for the exploration of space, when we have problems here on Earth, is a gross misuse of money. However, it is estimated for every dollar spent by NASA, there is a return of ten dollars in the economy, making it one of the best investments. We use things created by NASA every day, things like velcro.
Space exploration also unites us as humans. When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, it may have been the single most significant event for us as a people. It did not matter who you were, where you were from, and what you believed; we were united under the moon, knowing one of us was walking on it. It spawned a generation of new scientists and engineers armed with the dream of exploring the corners of the universe.
These videos highlight the wise words of Neil deGrasse Tyson and does an excellent job summing up the influence of space exploration. I highly recommend viewing them.