Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He says that the only way mankind can escape mass extinction is to find another planet.
During a speech at Britain’s Oxford University Union, Hawking detailed the history of man’s understanding of the universe and that the future lies in space. “We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” he said. “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
Although this isn’t the first time Hawking mentioned the earth is closer to ruin, back in January during a BBC Reith lecture, Hawking stated that mankind is inching closer to demise, and it’s our fault. He anticipates a disaster, most likely manmade, will strike the planet. “By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” he said during the BBC lecture.