It is Time to conserve Helium. Earth is running out of Helium.
Did you know that Helium is used in MRI scanners and other technology? It is used by NASA for fuel as well. Yet the supply of Helium is running low, and using it to fill balloons is being considered to being discontinued.
Helium is projected to run out between 2030 to 2040. Isn’t that amazing? It is a simple element and to think we could run out of it is just shocking. The nearest supply the article says is Jupiter. That is a reason to explore space isn’t it?
Besides MRI, it is also used in the LHC. I wonder if we will one day be able to create elements to replace what we have used. Or better yet, find other things that can replace their unique properties.
It will be strange to explain Helium one day to children. To tell them that we used to suck it to make our voices sound funny instead of using it for MRI’s and scientific instruments. I wonder if they will understand how ignorant we once were and thought that everything could be consumed without limit?
It is surprising isn’t it? We consume things like helium that could help us understand the world and heal ourselves. We allow money to determine how helium should be used instead of the greater good. What use is money when people are dying from cancer, or if we can’t understand physics well enough for interplanetary travel?
Therefore what does the future hold? It is really scary for people who are on the younger side and have to live in the future. I wish that the people who got us into this situation had to deal with the fallout of their decisions. Is is sad that those people who are most concerned about the future are the least positioned to make change.
More importantly, Helium is a gift we let slip through our fingers. No scratch that. We let it dissipate through our breath.