BRIAN MAY: Humans Are 'Pretty Much Eliminating All Species Except The Ones That We Think Are Useful To Us'

July 28, 2023

In a brand new interview with Sky News, QUEEN guitarist Brian May, who has a PhD in astrophysics, addressed a comment he made in a 2019 video he made for the European Space Agency (ESA) in which he argued humans should not venture into space they "sort out how [they] behave on [their] own planet." Asked about the fact that scientists from two global climate authorities have reported before July has even ended that this month will be the planet’s hottest on record by far, Brian said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I think it's now pretty apparent that we are having an effect on the earth, which is deleterious, and we need to stop doing what we're doing. It's not just about climate change; it's about the way we're polluting the earth and covering it in concrete and basically pretty much eliminating all species except the ones that we think are useful to us. So I think we need a major, major change of philosophy in the way we treat the other creatures with which we share this planet."

He continued: "So I did say [that about humans needing to sort out how they behave on their own planet first] at one of the Starmus conventions [a global festival of science communication and art], and I said it in front of a number of men who had walked upon the moon, feeling very nervous. But they all came up afterwards and said, 'You were right to say that, Brian. We have to behave better on our own planet before we go out putting our imprint on the rest of the cosmos.'"

May has just released a book of 3D photographs of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu based on images gathered by NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, which snagged samples from the space rock in October 2020.

The 76-year-old rock legend cooperated on the book with OSIRIS-REx (short for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer") principal investigator and planetary scientist Dante Lauretta.

May is undoubtedly one of rock music's greatest and best-known guitarists. Regularly appearing in "The World's Greatest Guitarists" polls and such, Brian is a living legend and an icon to musicians of all ages. As a member of QUEEN, he is a household name and his innovative signature guitar riffs are world famous. Some of his most recognized songs for QUEEN include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Fat Bottomed Girls". But there is more to this fiercely talented and intelligent man than QUEEN. He is a passionate activist and animal welfare charity enthusiast, an avid and popular blogger as well as an author.

Find more on Queen
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).