Over the past few nights a big moon has been lighting up the sky, showing our companion in its best clothes, as it reaches its closest point to the earth. Hanging in the firmanent like a floating light bulb it looks so big that you could almost touch it. Through the scope it is easy to make out the seas ………………….
As a young boy the moon was a strange and alien place coming to life in Dan Dare comics and Flash Gordon radio and TV serials. Then in 1969 the quite remarkable first moon landing thrilled us as we crouched in front of our black and white televisions to hear Neil Armstrong utter those famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
So mankind lands on another territory. Perhaps it is in our nature. To explore, to quest, to conquer. Perhaps it is. But closer to home we see wildlife habitats being eroded as the pressures of over-population and increasing development start to really bite. We certainly need more room – and quickly. By 2050 the world population will reach 9 billion and humans 10,000 times more common than they should be, according to the research department at the University of Stirling. Most of the growth has been during the last 50 years due to advances in medical practice and agricultural productivity.
So could the moon be our next homeland. ? Or is destined to be our mystical and moody companion, forever locked into our own orbit, pulling our tides and watery rushes; enticing, intriguing and stunningly beautiful?