The Mission of EarthLight is to support the expansion of life and humanity beyond the Earth by creating, catalyzing and managing projects and activities that lead to public inspiration, education and action relating to space exploration and settlement – and to protect and expand the domain of life and humanity on this world by returning and applying the knowledge thus gained.
Who We Are
The Earthlight Foundation (ELF) is a US based but global oriented non-profit, non-partisan organization founded to support the expansion of life and humanity beyond the Earth by providing vision, leadership and credibility.
The organization is run by a small core team encompassing broad field expertise relevant to space exploration, settlement, engineering and communications. ELF is minimalist in management structure to remain flexible and drive effective execution.
The term EarthLight comes from a story told by Apollo astronaut John Young, who described a haunting blue green light bathing the lunar surface whenever the sun was down and the Earth was up. This blue green light was bright enough to read by and illuminated the world’s surface, although the cameras of the day could not capture it in the way the astronaut’s eyes were able to do. This light, and its inherent spectrum, can only be created by the reflection of the rays from a sun of the same magnitude as ours, bouncing off of a living planet like the Earth. It is unique.
ELF believes the Purpose of living is to treasure and celebrate life, to explore everywhere that we can, to always push beyond what is known, to seek, to learn, to live and carry life with us where it does not exist, and experiencing all that can be seen, touched and known of this incredible universe. This is belief is captured in our overarching vision statement:
“To carry the light of life to places now dark, the seeds of life to places now dead, and the eyes, hands and minds of humanity to places yet unseen, untouched and unknown.”
What We Believe
EarthLighters believe humanity is here for a Purpose. We believe that You have a Purpose. To put it simply, we can break that Purpose down into three aspects:
To preserve and advance the state of human civilization and culture – No matter the headlines, we believe human beings are basically good, and given the chance can be even better. We have barely begun to realize who and what we are, and even as we have made many mistakes, we are optimistic that given the chance to grow, to reinvent and re-imagine ourselves offered by opening the Frontier of space we can improve (and in all its meanings – there is a lot of Room to do so.)
To preserve, protect and expand the domain of life – We see life as precious. No matter how many worlds are out there where it may exist, we are only certain of one of them. The MotherWorld of Earth is alive, and although since the rise of civilization we have taken what we need from her no matter the consequences, EarthLighters believe it is our duty to transform that way of thinking. It is our job and duty to not only preserve this world, but to expand the domain of her life to places now dead.
To enable the universe to know of itself, by our exploration and experiencing of all it has to offer – Whatever one’s religious beliefs, there is something utterly amazing about our existence – against all odds. And regardless of how we (or any other sentient beings out there) came into that existence, it is by and through us that the universe becomes aware of itself. Thus we feel it is our Purpose to explore and experience every and all things it has to offer.
To us, these are the answers to the question: “Why am I here?”
What We Have Done
What We Are Doing Now
The spin off of the STEAM Space Education project is an example of one kind of success for us. The ongoing New Worlds Conference (and Space Cowboy Ball) is another.
We are also developing the New Worlds Institute (NWI) as an affiliated organization focused on the hard core nuts and bolts of how to open the frontier. NWI runs our Space Settlement Symposium segment of the New Worlds Conference and is developing it’s own plans and projects to enroll and support the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are responsible for allowing us to live, work and play in space. While ELF carries on our supporting role and focuses on the Vision and culture of the breakout into space, NWI is the nuts and bolts – get it done organization.
What We Plan to Do Next
In 2020 EarthLight is going to be entering the global conversation about Earth and our future for the first time. It is time for a voice that ties together the need to save the planet with the overview and Vision of space to engage in this most important of moments in our history.
We will also be announcing a few new projects. We are eager to find partners and Visionary donors and serious professional volunteers to help us plan and execute these initiatives. Those listed below are examples of what we are considering. Frankly, to become real each will require their own Champions, be they financial or in the form of volunteers and team members. Thus this list will be revised within the next six months.
Those tentatively in development are:
The EarthLight Endowment – Designed to be a constant wellspring of funds to support fulcrum level activities in STEAM space education and pre-settlement research E2 has a unique design and strategy that is both “foundational” and a bit entrepreneurial. We believe that within a year of reaching our first $100k to be held in the endowment, we will be able to begin giving away small prizes and grants at the k-12 level – even as the endowment grows.
Earth One – Still in early planning, a workshop/summit to discuss, investigate and perhaps initiate those types of large scale projects possible in space that can effect the Earth in a positive way. Three possible topics include planetary defense, energy production in space and an Earth Shade program to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the Earth.
Space Law and Policy Council – The SLPC will be a high level pro-settlement group of leading global space policy and legal minds to consider and weigh in on important topics and discussions that may enhance or inhibit the human expansion into space. As we begin the push outwards, issues from who can do what, own what and live where are undecided. Having a strong, educated and respected voice for the affirmative will be increasingly important.
Declaration for the Rights and Responsibilities of Humanity in the Universe – The DRHU already exists and can be found on the website. It is a simple clear and top level document designed to lay down First Principles for any and all who may choose to go to and inhabit the space beyond the Earth. it will be kept alive by EarthLight and offered to the world at a minimum, and may – if enabled and empowered by support, be a project that begins to take on its own life.
What You Can Do
The first thing you can do is to consider the ideas we offer you. If you agree with them, then share them with others. For us the greatest success will be an empowered and emboldened humanity that shares our principles moving forward into the future as it moves outwards beyond the Earth. The EarthLight philosophy is yours. Give it away.
Next, join us. You can join ELF for free. Just give us your name, email etc. here:
And of course, you can get involved. We need your help. Be it as a member, donor or active volunteer we need you. We are a small band of people right now. You can help us grow and get the word out to a world that desperately needs to know there is a positive Vision out there for their future, a world that needs to know that we are not at the end of times but barely beginning a new age, and a world that is ready to hear something new, exciting and bold – You have a Purpose.
NEW WORLDS CONFERENCE
Space Conference, Symposium, and Ball
November 5 – 7, 2020
The Space Cowboy Ball
Rocket Man Meets Burning Man Meets the Wonder Women of Tomorrow
A Space Awards, Entertainment, Dance Party Like No Other On Earth!
It’s 2120. You’re invited to a formal affair on the Moon or Mars. What on Earth (or space) will you wear?
From sci-fi celebrities to space heroes, awards to entertainment, music and a little mayhem, the Space Cowboy Ball is THE Cool space event of the fall.
Aerialists, artists, musicians, incredible Texas barbeque, and of course amazing costumes and exhibits surround the presentation of awards to the best Science Fiction on TV or Film, the best Space Educator and Inspirers, and of course the Space Cowboy Award, presented to to those who have changed the future. Jeff Bezos, “Buzz” Aldrin and others who are creating the history of the future will join you in a celebration of Earth, Life, Space and imagination.
Who will win this year?
Join us and find out!
Space has been too boring for too long. We are committed to both the technology and culture of tomorrow. From tux to tech, all are welcome to our celebration of the future. It’s a little like a second Halloween, this time for grown ups, space geeks and cos play gamers. From the Expanse to Serenity, Star Wars to Star Trek, and all the best science fiction futures in between, come join us on a micro-Burning Man rocket ride. We’ll give out some awards, eat some great barbeque and then we dance!
All funds raised go to ELF’s educational and research projects, so it’s for a good cause to boot!
You have to show up – if you want to Go UP!
New Worlds 2020
Choose this option if you’d like to register for the conference. You’ll be able to select the custom ticketing package that’s right for you, including admission to both days of programming (November 5 – 7, 2020), and the Space Cowboy Ball on Saturday evening.
Space Cowboy Ball
Choose this option if you’d like to register for the Space Cowboy Ball only, on Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased individually, or by the table (10 seats). Corporate sponsorships are also available.
College Student Rates
We understand if you are a college student and have no money left after paying for your Spotify, pizza and beer. We also know that you are the ones who will help create the future.
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