Greta Thunberg & Fridays for Future release tongue in cheek spot advertising the colonisation of Mars
By Joe Colquhoun on Friday, February 26, 2021
Amidst the recent news of the Perseverance Rover successfully landing on Mars, Greta Thunberg has released a satirical ad that, in talking about the colonisation of Mars, highlights the problems we have here on Earth.
Titled the 1%, the clip acts as a fake tourism commercial for the very few that can afford the expensive trip to Mars. The ad takes us on a journey through beautiful rocky landscapes and across untouched canyons where, according to the narrator “there is no war, no criminality, and no pandemic”
“We wanted to highlight pure nonsense,” a spokesperson for FFF said. “Government-funded space programs and the world’s ultra-wealthy one percent are laser-focused on Mars (NASA’s Perseverance Rover alone cost $2.7 billion for development, launch, operations, and analysis) – and yet, most humans will never get a chance to visit or live on Mars.”
Towards the end of the clip, we see the space shuttle gently touching down on the surface of Mars shrouded in a cloud of dust. As the music fades and the dust clears, a message appears on the screen.
“And for the 99 percent who will stay on Earth, we’d better fix climate change.”
The film is meant as a criticism against the huge financial outlay NASA put into its Perseverance rover that successfully landed on Mars on the 18 February.