This is what it's all about.

The concept of sustainability is widely acknowledged as a political guideline. The economic, ecological, social and cultural aspects of sustainability are already under discussion. The pressing problem of space debris and current space mining efforts demand that the discussion becomes a broader one about «planetary sustainability», including the space surrounding Earth.

To date, planetary sustainability has mainly been used only with reference to Earth, but here it will be extended, elaborating on a similar NASA initiative. NASA envisions:

  1. A world in which all people have access to abundant water, food, and energy, as well as protection from severe storms and climate change impacts,

  2. Healthy and sustainable worldwide economic growth from renewable products and resources, and finally,

  3. A multi-planetary society, where the resources of the solar system are available to the people of Earth.

While all of these dimensions are essential, the project will especially examine and ethically evaluate how realistic and meaningful the rarely-researched third point is. Ethical guidelines are necessary in space, and which ethical tradition shall be applied in this intercultural environment? How far is the principle of sustainability a guideline itself?

This includes questions such as: Who is allowed to travel into space, is this only about money? There are more and more satellites, what do we do with their junk after they break? Should we cooperate on the moon with companies to build a telescope on its other side, hidden from Earth? Finally, who may keep what has been extracted through asteroid mining? To whom does the asteroid belong? Are we allowed to exploit Mars just like that?

HINT: Project donations run through the University of Bern, so in Switzerland it is tax-deductable. Make use of this unique opportunity!

My project is special because ...

The application of the idea of sustainability on space is a hot topic. The project may appear futuristic, but why should ethics not keep up with the developments for once? An encompassing as well as practical ethics for the intercultural domain of our space environment nobody has tried before. A basically positive evaluation of our technique is – surprise – also quite new. At the UN level, specialists know about the problems, but a Sustainable Development Goal «Space Environment» is yet to be devloped. #SDG18 #globalgoals

Picture 5daf90fd 1c55 46ac ad7c 386ddde11a13Picture 8036c265 0cca 43e5 aded f4f1ad6f884aPicture 1fa960d3 1670 43f3 8837 3a6b70907971Picture 993e777e d004 496b ab4e 5cbbad57dbd2Picture 25eff4d0 6c60 4d47 ac75 29765ed33b5cPicture 19a986f9 21ec 47a5 815a 1b5787aa54f3Picture 27d06cd6 41a1 4702 8fb0 e984747e75e6Picture b702d5cb cc89 47a5 968c d3f7b15c0b78Picture 08b8bfda 69ac 48b1 a2c4 0044d5b65387Picture 32a67f75 7c58 493e 9dd4 bb08080faf21Picture e3861ab8 11ca 4634 a0c2 97798da6370cPicture 43d3550f 6b88 42c8 abac 746c7d30a8f2

This is what I need backing for.

For the project to run as smoothly as possible, I need to keep my world-class assistant Emanuel, who is worth every investment. I also need money for travel, e.g. to propose the 18. SDG at the UN space conference this summer (you are more likely to be accepted if you have your own money). Also, translations are important (we are talking about the whole planet here), to have a say within different research traditions, which costs money as well. Finally, I would like to extend my own (68%) position at least by a month.

Thereafter, we have reason to hope a foundation will help again. We think, planetary sustainability is a big thing.

For detailed spending of money see the news.

Picture a83e987e 8a3a 4ed9 975b d39b5f3daab6Picture a9b91287 b6e3 4bf7 a04a ede69ccb2f3ePicture e0d4c6d1 ec4a 423c 8947 c112e972d287Picture f6ddbfe6 b98f 436e 85da 50697088f12f