"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before”, says Captain James T. Kirk in the introduction of the world famous TV series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry. The first episode of Star Trek was broadcasted on NBC on September 8, 1966. Fifty years later, Trekkies across the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous sci-fi adventure which was always ahead of it’s time.
In this cult TV series the Enterprise crew had to deal with subjects such as social class distinctions but also the exploitation of the environment. This is an issue that William Shatner who starred as the commander of the USS Enterprises, still concerns nowadays. “The truth of the matter is and the fact we can’t hide from it is that we are looking at the end of life as we know it within a short period of time, some people say a hundred year, fifty years”, says the actor. “ We know that the bad things on earth things are happening much more rapidly than we ever thought possible. We are warming up, the glaciers are melting at a more rapid pace. That is what is going to happen to human life on earth. We need to do something about it immediately.
"I don’t know what science-fiction would say about it but what science fact is saying about it is we people on earth need to do something cleaning up our toxic mess now”, concludes Shatner, “and hiding from it is no excuse.”
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