9 February 2021
More than 30 years have passed since the first conference "Non-Rocket Space Industrialization: Problems, Ideas, Projects" was held in 1988. The number of problems has increased. The number of people has grown by almost 35% from 5.1 to 7.8 billion. In contrast, the diversity of living organisms has decreased by at least 20%. The area of the cities has doubled. Forest areas in Africa and South America have decreased by more than 420 million hectares. The volume of resources consumed annually has increased by almost 100 %. The CO2 content in the atmosphere – by 15%. Plastic pollution of the ocean – tenfold. No new ideas and projects that would be able to stop this Earth’s destruction have emerged during this time.
Humanity is rapidly heading towards a catastrophe, the main cause of which is the technosphere created by people. All the measures taken by states and international organizations to reduce the deadly impact of the industry on nature, apparently, do not help. The balance between the technosphere and the biosphere is fundamentally impossible, since the former consumes and processes the resources of the latter. At the same time, in the man-made world of technology, there are no effective analogues of natural food chains, when some organisms feed on the waste of others. Most of the industrial products are not reused, but simply thrown away, poisoning the earth, water and air, leading to the death of the creatures living there. Ultimately, this will inevitably destroy most of the planet's living mass. And there are only two ways to avoid such a final – destruction of man-made civilization or transfer of harmful industry beyond the Earth into the near space.
The third conference "Non-Rocket Space Industrialization: Problems, Ideas, Projects", held in the fall of 2020, is a summing-up of the interim results of the work aimed at preventing the catastrophe that threatens civilization. Discussion of the most relevant challenges. Search for the means to settle them up. Development of a strategy for further actions. The report "Technogenic Civilization Road Fork" is an abridged version of an article written based on the results of a large-scale research that offers a systematic view on the processes that have put humanity under the threat of extinction, as well as describing the only possible way out of this situation. The report is presented in an illustrated, cinematic format.