"What's Possible Thinking" Saves Planet Earth?
Jeff Bezos, known for his work as founder and CEO of Amazon, also has an audacious plan to reinvent outer space and in the process, possibly save planet Earth! It’s an extraordinary example of what we at Team Higher Ground call, “What’s Possible” thinking!
According to Bezos, revolutionizing space all boils down to infrastructure. "If you go back to when I started Amazon, all of the heavy-lifting infrastructure to support Amazon was already in place. We did not have to invent a remote payment system. It was already there. It was called the credit card," he said. "We did not have to invent transportation - there was this thing called the postal service," he continued. "If we had had to deploy last-mile, it would've cost hundreds of billions of dollars."
"So when it comes to space, I see it as my job - I'm building infrastructure the hard way. I'm using my resources to put in heavy-lifting infrastructure," he said. "So the next generation of people can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial explosion into space. We have to dramatically lower the cost of access to space!"
Why is this “mission” so important to Bezos? It’s certainly not because of the "Plan B" concept that many space enthusiasts hold - the idea that we should go to space so that we have another place to live besides Earth. He acknowledged that it's okay for people to have different motivations for wanting to do big things, but said, "I don't want a Plan B for Earth. I want to make sure Plan A – Earth - works. I think we go to space to save Earth."
As a long-term vision, Bezos sees a future where, due to energy needs and mitigating pollution and detrimental impact to our ecology, heavy industrial manufacturing is moved into orbit. "Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial."
Now that’s “What’s Possible” thinking!