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The Space Race is Over
- Paul Kingsnorth
In this article, Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the resurgent concept of space colonization. He urges us to deflect the delusions created by our techno-industrial society.Pair “The Space Race is Over” with “Should We Terraform Mars?” and ask students to discuss why the idea of colonizing other planets has made a comeback. What additional reasons does “The Space Race is Over” present for why humans want to colonize other planets? How does this impact students’ opinions on whether or not humans should terraform Mars?
Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA
- Charles Wohlforth
In this essay, science, technology, and travel writer Charles Wohlforth explores the complicated relationship between human beings and their treatment of the ecosystem that allows them life.Pair “Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA” with “Should We Terraform Mars?” and ask students to discuss how the two texts portray humans’ treatment of Earth. How does this influence the authors’ opinions on colonizing other planets? What dangers do humans present to other planets?
Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?
- Nell Greenfieldboyce
In "Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?" various experts and stakeholders discuss the possibility that humans will venture to and colonize Mars in the near future.Pair “Are Humans Really Headed to Mars Anytime Soon?” with “Should We Terraform Mars?” and ask students to discuss the different motivations for colonizing Mars. Do students think humans will be ready to live on Mars anytime soon? Why or why not? What problems do students think humans could introduce to Mars in the event that we do colonize the planet?
Lee Sherman and the Toxic Louisiana Bayou
- Arlie Hochschild
In “Lee Sherman and the Toxic Louisiana Bayou,” Arlie Hochschild recounts Sherman’s experiences as a worker for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) company, detailing how toxic pollution affected him, animals, and the community.Pair “Should We Terraform Mars?” with “Lee Sherman and the Toxic Louisiana Bayou” and ask students to determine if Mars is an acceptable location for humans to go if the Earth is “ruined.” Should we spend our time looking for new planets to live on or should we try to save the planet we currently live on?
- Jason Gurley
In “Quiet Town,” three characters find themselves facing the consequences of rising sea levels.Pair “Should We Terraform Mars” with “Quiet Town” to have students consider other habitats humans might live in if we destroy the Earth. Ask students to consider whether Mars could one day be a habitable colony for humans. How would we decide who gets to go?