Jeff Bezos Touts Plan to ‘Depopulate Earth’ with Space Colonies
'They will be born on these colonies, they will live on these colonies'
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said his recent Blue Origin space flight was the first step toward sending humans to space colonies and begin depopulating the Earth.
Bezos spoke to an audience at the 2021 Ignatius Forum at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.
“Over centuries, most or many of the people will be born in space," Bezos said.
"It will be their first home."
"They will be born on these colonies, they will live on these colonies."
"They may visit Earth the way you would visit Yellowstone National Park,” Bezos said.
“This Earth can support, let’s say, 10 billion people to a certain degree," he added.
"We’d have to work really hard to figure out how to do that without degrading the planet,” Bezos argued.
He also noted, “the solar system can support a trillion people.”
“Millions of people will move from Earth to space over time."
"And that’s the vision of Blue Origin – millions of people working in space,” said Bezos.
He also described floating habitats in space which t simulate the weather and gravitational pull of Earth.
But Bezos admitted such a vision took “generations” to realize
Host Adi Ignatius began to ask who could stay on Earth but was interrupted by Bezos to describe many features that such space colonies would have, which include “rivers and forests and wildlife.”
“This place is special; we can’t ruin it,” Bezos said, referring to Earth.
Earlier this year, former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joked that Bezos should have "stayed up" in space after the news broke he had lifted off from Earth.
"Bezos, please stay up there. Do the world a favor," Gabbard said at the time.