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Our planet does not need to be saved...

Every species that humanity pushes over the line into extinction is a lost opportunity to learn; billions of years of evolutionary process went into optimising the behaviour and form of that creature, the only way we can learn about that particular tendril of the evolutionary tree following extinction is to study remnants, echoes, fossils. It is important for the survival and optimal development of our species to only let this happen if absolutely necessary – but not to prevent it at all costs.

As far as we know, Homo sapien sapien are the only species on earth who have ever reached a point of such complexity in the evolutionary process where we could intentionally and realistically, start to propagate the life that has developed on our planet to-date, across space and onto other worlds. We could do that today. We may have done it already, unwittingly – there could be colonies of terrestrial bacteria developing and evolving on Mars, Titan, perhaps even the Earth’s moon, as I write.