The clock is ticking.
Mankind needs to colonize another planet in the next 100 years or face extinction, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned.
A new BBC documentary called “Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth” will show Hawking presenting “his predictions that the human race only has 100 years before we need to colonize another planet,” a news release said.
The show is set to air later this year.
Hawking, 75, attributes our planet’s imperilment to a variety of forces, including “climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth,” the release said, calling Earth an “increasingly precarious” place to live.
“Although the chance of disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years,” Hawking said in a BBC interview.
“By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” he said. “However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.”
He said advances in science and technology will create “new ways things can go wrong.”
In the documentary series Hawking enlists science and engineering experts, who travel the world to figure out if and how humans can move to other planets.
“Science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought,” the release said.