It was interesting to hear the argument that Tyson made about why humans would never make it to mars. I believe he argues that we would never reach mars because our society would sooner spend money funding a world war or are more likely to have a ruler fund the construction of a masterpiece such as the Taj Mahal. Given that we have not yet landed on Mars, Rees responds that this is likely the case because society cannot comprehend the urgency of climate change– it currently has far too gradual an impact on human life. It was interested to hear him argue that as catastrophic as a World War would be, at the very least it would be alarming enough to unify people in spending a large amount of money. He cites COVID as a similar example of a tragic event, but one that engages and motivates all of society.
If I were the interviewer, I might ask a follow up question to the interviewers' about what it was, barring a wolrd war or a world wonder, that prevented us from going to Mars. I would ask what level of immediacy is necessary to motivate humans to take action. Are events like natural disasters/world wars/etc., where the impact is immediately felt by most individuals the only types of events that are able to instigate change. Also, is there anything that might be able to encourage humans to feel the impact of events like climate change, even if the immediate effects will not be felt by most individuals for years?