The EarthArk Project needs to present itself as something which people know they want and this is a way to get it. My analysis and development of the idea was based on future human needs and didn’t make sufficient acknowledgement of people’s present wants. Because the EarthArk is based on the needs of people of the future and yet requires sacrifice of time and money by people of the present, it is necessary to make those future people very important to present ones.
People obviously have some fellow-feeling for others’ needs or they wouldn’t give money to charities. The motivations for that are many, but an important one is the feeling that there are other people for whom we have some personal responsibility.
It is natural for people to feel a special warmth toward their own family and their offspring. We feel naturally positive even toward cousins whom we have never met. This natural human feeling should be applied to future people too; our distant but personal grandchildren and the children of our cousins are very much a continuing part of us personally. The EarthArk can provide your future grandchildren and grand cousins with the opportunity to restore and replant their depleted world and thus to live in the same beautiful world we now possess. We all know that modern humanity is consuming the one-time use resources and many of them will soon be gone. Many species and other wonderful things are slipping away into oblivion even as we do what we can to help them survive. We can save many of the endangered things by storing seeds in standard shipping containers located in the coldest parts of Antarctica. There the temperature is always below -40° F. From that safe deep-freeze they can be recovered many years in the future and brought back to life. The plan is to collect samples of every living thing from every square kilometer of the Earth and store them.
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963
After you are gone, your contribution to The EarthArk will help your future relatives live a much better life.