Ramblings From Adam Part Seven: The Martian: Fact or Less Fact?


So, I’m reading The Martian, the book upon which the hit comedic film was based. I realize that it’s not necessarily all completely scientifically sound (for instance wind storms), although there is some real science in there.



Example: on Mars they create breathable air by using an oxygenator.

The idea is that if you breathe in a sealed environment, which is what they do in the story (being on Mars and whatnot), you’ll die due to carbon dioxide poisoning long before you run out of oxygen. The oxygenator breaks the C02 apart and gives them back oxygen.

Okay. Established. Now, I’m going to say some stuff that not everyone will agree with, because science is hard to think-learn, and follow that up with a question.

Here, on our real life Earth, we’re essentially wrapping ourselves in a blanket of greenhouse gases (water vapour, nitrous oxide, methane, carbon dioxide). Scientifically it has been proven to be, you know, bad. 

I don’t know about y’all, but I’d rather live in Star Trek future than Mad Max future.

So here’s my question: (and please consider that I’m just an idiot filmmaker, and I don’t know anything about anything, and I’m sure this has already been asked and answered) 

Why can’t we build something like the oxygenator for our own atmosphere? 

(Again, I apologize for my own ignorance.)

I mean, most of the greenhouse gases contain oxygen, which is what we need, right? And we’ve already changed the climate enough that we’ve nearly fucked it up permanently. So I don’t think that there are moral implications or whatever. (We're not "playing God" by messing with the climate 'cause we've already spent years "devil goofing" which is what got us in the predicament.) 

Is there a way to do this? Science nerds, get at me.

There’s a lot of us living on this planet, and a lot of us who would like to be able to sit on a cool patch of grass with their grandkids, and have a clear look at clean mountains, and not have to run inside to avoid acid rain. 

But lets say that, again, I’m just an ignorant writer (which is mostly true). We’ve gotta do something. And by “we” I mean all of us. Everyone of us. 

So take what you will from this short and sweet (read: dumb dreamer with a blog) post. But know this. I hate rain. So I’m really gonna be mad about acid rain.


P.S. One more thing. This trend towards everything being the most convenient has gotta wrap up. Haven’t y’all seen Wall-E? Fuck plastic, fuck someone delivering your groceries, fuck sitting on your couch and having your phone do everything for you. HAVE NOT. YOU ALL. SEEN. WALL-E?

If you haven't, you should. It's really good.