Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the human race today is facing the most dangerous times in its history.
The 74 year old Cambridge professor said the world is facing huge environmental and technological challenges and need to unite to protect the humanity.
We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity,” Hawking wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian.
“We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it. Perhaps in a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies amid the stars, but right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it,” he added.
He warned the victory of US president-elect Donald Trump and Britain’s Brexit vote as a signifiers of “the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity”.
He stated that the reason behind these incidents are the “cry of anger” by people who felt they had been “abandoned” by their leaders.
“Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European Union and by the American public to embrace Donald Trump as their next president, there is no doubt in the minds of commentators that this was a cry of anger by people who felt they had been abandoned by their leaders,” Hawking said.