January 1, 2009 – The 2008 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Stephen Hawking.

The award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.

The 2008 award is in recognition of his continuous warnings that global catastrophic risks will eventually come and therefore it is unsafe and unwise for all of humanity to be on a single planet.

“It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.”

“In the long term, I am more worried about biology. Nuclear weapons need large facilities, but genetic engineering can be done in a small lab. You can’t regulate every lab in the world. The danger is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us.”

“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.”

At considerable risk to his frail health, Hawking inspired mankind to live on more than one planet by entering Zero G. You can watch him experience Zero G at Our Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will soon be following Hawking’s example.


  1. I wish there was one Stephen Hawking in every city on this planet.
    It is frightening to face the reality. We must do something about it.
    Go Green Save Earth

  2. Mr Hawking is undoubtedly a brilliant scientist and man. His works and theories have done much to the scientific and global community. Whether his hypothesis that we are all doomed within the next thousand years is plausible is questionable, yet provides for interesting thought.

    Yes there are many many issues that the world must resolve. Global warming, deforestation, terrorism, poverty, aids- are just a few. Rather than prophesing about when the world will end, I think that we should focus out attention and energies to the work at hand.

    Our main objective is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

  3. I am continually amazed & allways enlightened by Stephens thinking. Thankyou Michael for this article.

  4. My sincerest congratulations to Mr Hawking for contributing such invaluable knowledge for their eventual survival in the next thousand years. His contribution will always be remembered as he has immortalised himself through such contributions he made towards the survival of mankind.God bless him and he can bring more enlightenment to mankind.

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