Crisis creates Opportunity

Humans evolved by sharing technology and culture. Early ancestors of us Homo Sapiens, managed to evolve and journey across the earth by exchanging and improving their technology. Evidence of innovation dates to a period where humans faced and survived unpredictable and uncertain environment.

Our history tells us that whenever we have been challenged with uncertainty and survival threats, it has led to a very sophisticated change in behaviors involving greater mental abilities to resolve the problem and come out of the situation in a much stronger way. Since then, technology and innovation have been the drivers that helped humans survive and obtain the resources that they needed despite unpredictable conditions. Environmental fluctuations would present significant challenges to inhabitants, prompting changes in technology and social structures that improved the likelihood of securing resources during times of scarcity.

The world is currently facing a severe crisis. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has become a war that all the nations across the globe are trying to fight. There is looming uncertainty, distress and fear for life. The pandemic is throwing its challenges towards us - in terms of loss of life, global economy slowdown, mass panic and distress. The world’s fragile food supply chain is exposed and could leave millions hungry.

The progress of the world is in direct proportion to the movement of people and goods from one place to another. As the travel across the globe is hit hard because of the pressures imposed on us by the pandemic, we need to rethink new forms of travel, which are cost-effective, efficient, flexible and safe. Airships which ruled the skies earlier, have a great potential to de-risk us from the hazardous consequences of pandemic by offering a safe and economic mode of air travel, thereby strengthening the overall infrastructure, boosting global supply chain network and providing a great impetus to the overall global economic growth and development. Safer technology would be the key for airships to return to the skies.

A recent European survey, commissioned by Transport & Environment and the European Public Health Alliance, found that 64% of people said they do not want to go back to pre-Covid pollution levels. The future needs forms of travel that can meet the demands of mass air transportation with significantly lower carbon emissions. Airships represent the only form of air transport ready to go carbon neutral instantly.

With Airships returning back to the skies, we can be assured that the skies would always stay ‘blue and beautiful’!

Swati Mehta
Director at Empyreal Galaxy