As a science fiction fan, I’ve often found myself thinking about other worlds, undiscovered planets and inhabited lands thousands of lightyears away. What would they look like? What kind of plant life would they have? Would they have vast oceans? What kind of animal life might evolve on a world completely different to our own? So many questions and imaginings about a world which may or may not exist.
Earth might be the only world in the universe to hold life. It could be the only planet of its kind. Of course, it might also be one of millions of similar planets. There could be billions of combinations of atoms formed countless ways to create creatures and worlds the likes of which we could not even imagine. But if we look to our own world, we will find there is so much of it which has never been explored, never even been seen by the human eye. We have oceans so deep we can’t explore them without being crushed. We know more about our moon and other planets in the solar system than we do about our ocean floor. Remote forests are so thick and dangerous most have never been mapped.
In 2015 alone, thousands of new species were discovered on Earth. Thousands of never-before seen plants and creatures native to our own world. We don’t even know what exists on our own planet never mind be able to guess at what might live on another.
With so many questions about other worlds, we rarely stop to look at our own. The beauty and splendour of it all. The biodiversity unique to Earth is astounding. In a time of negativity, horror and sadness, take a moment to look at this beautiful planet we live on. The heights of our mountains, the depths of our seas. The green of our forests and the white of our cold snow.
We don’t need to look to the stars for new and exciting things. They are here, discovered every day, sometimes by people like you and me.
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