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Better use of money

January 26, 2010

By Gloria So Man-ting, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Humans have made giant strides in space exploration and this is something to be proud of. However, while we celebrate our achievements, we need to

In trying to show off their power, many leaders neglect the poor – both in their own country and abroad. I agree that dreams drive us forward. But when life is being threatened, we need to adopt a down-to-earth approach. When the earth is suffering because of climate change, starvation, economic crises and wars, how can we give attention to other planets which are far away from us?
 In order to save our planet, we can use some of the money spent on space exploration to help developing countries raise their people’s living standards and eliminate poverty. We have been taught to help the needy from a young age but some people are so selfish that they ignore this simple rule.
 In the award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, former American vice-president and Nobel prize-winner Al Gore emphasises the importance of making the right choice. We should decide clearly what our right choice is. Otherwise, we will destroy ourselves.

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  1. January 25, 2010 3:01 pm

    Thank you for your letter, Gloria. Those are thought-provoking words. It is always hard to understand how nations spend money on seemingly unimportant things when other people are dying. This has been a major criticism levelled at communist countries who scrambled to join the space race while there were many things which needed their attention at grass-roots level. But as long as they were under threat from other countries they had to do what was necessary to meet that threat and survive.
    That sort of competition is still alive and well among nations. Whether it’s putting money into weapons, or putting money into space, each nation does what it has to do to preserve its people from a bigger threat.
    They payoff is that many technological advances have been made in space that have civilian use. Does that even the scales? Perhaps other readers would like to comment.

    Susan, Editor

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