In 30 minutes, our Science Educator will bring you from 4.5 billion years ago to the present world, from planet Earth to outer space, to help us understand how Earth has evolved through the years, how lifeforms on this planet has contributed to the change of its living environment, and appreciate what Earth has given us.
This is, in summary, our latest Climate Change Live Planetarium Show that will be screened at the Omni-Theatre next week.
Here are my two personal takeaways after watching the preview of the show earlier this week, presented by our Master Science Educator Yong.
No matter how small or insignificant we thought we are, our actions will bring about a bigger effect collectively. The genus Homo (comprising the species Homo sapiens) is only a small part of Earth’s long history, having existed for only 2.8 million years. Modern mankind, Homo sapiens, are around for an even shorter time of 200,000 years. Despite that, our actions have the potential to sow major seeds of destruction upon our host planet, for example, to bring about global warming.
On the other hand, going back further into history to 2.3 billion years ago, ancient microorganisms such as the cyanobacteria were able to collectively release enough oxygen to change the compositions of lifeforms on Earth and its atmosphere.
While I am astounded by the power of such collective energies, it also reminded me that mankind’s intelligence could be used more benevolently to our planet Earth.
Incredulity of Life
Unlike the other planets in the Solar System, as mentioned by Yong during the preview, Earth’s conditions allow lifeforms to exist. To me, this is incredible, and the incredulity comes not from our existence on its own, but the appreciation of our existence amidst other non-existence in the vast Universe. To top it off, we even managed to develop the expertise to study all these. Isn’t all these amazing?
The Climate Change Live Planetarium Show will be officially screened at the Omni-Theatre from 1 March onwards. You may check more showtimes here. Do come by and bring back your own takeaways from the show!