If You Care About the Earth, Vote for the Least Religious Presidential Candidate

Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images. prep.: bb
Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images. prep.: bb
Earth Day came and went last week. And like years before, promises were made by governments and politicians to be better stewards of our planet. Just about any sane person realizes global warming is real and the damage humans have done to Planet Earth is substantial.

By Zoltan Istvan | MOTHERBOARD

Most people believe a major step in the right direction to heal Earth’s environmental crisis is to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint and be more green—something being addressed in the recently signed Paris Agreement. While I applaud the collaborative effort and good intentions of the treaty, it’s inadequate and doomed to failure. It’s like bringing a water gun to a war zone. Nothing short of a mass-extinction event for humans can stop and reverse the environmental damage done or occurring to the planet. Billions of people around the developing world want the standard of life we have in America, and they’re not going to stop for anything until they achieve that.

I don’t know if the major US presidential candidates—like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton—are aware of this conundrum. And even if they were, the real question is: Can their politics, ethics, and religious beliefs handle it? Because sending out Christmas cards on recycled paper and giving tax incentives for electric cars is not going to pull us out of the toxic mess we’ve created on Earth. There’s only one realistic hope to save the planet—and it comes from an unlikely place: technology. Radical technology. I’m talking CRISPR gene editing, transhumanism, and nanobots in every biological nook of the world. This will not be Kansas, anymore. And our current politicians will be freaked out by it.

The bright green future rests with disruptive tech. Consider this, for example: Twelve years ago, I used to work as a director at nonprofit wildlife organization WildiAid. In Cambodia, I went on undercover missions and helped bust and jail poachers who were causing wildlife—like tigers, Sun bears, and the Asian rhino—to go extinct. We did good work, but poaching is a nearly $20 billion business, and there’s just no way a nonprofit organization (or even a dozen of them) could stop the demand for illegal wildlife, not when population growth in Asia is skyrocketing and poverty-stricken locals can sell a tiger for over $10,000.

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