Why does everyone keep spewing all that desperate doom-think about air quality and global warming into the atmosphere when an already existing technology that could alleviate the problem is staring us in the face? Spacesuits!
True, these little numbers were designed for human survival in the hostile environments of distant worlds but they're perfect for our fouled-up planet.
No matter how much particulate poison might be contained in any one breath, a spacesuit with a point-of-intake HEPA filter can render it pure and clear, powered by nothing more than the energy of one inhalation. Clean air obtained locally by breathing? Who knew?
But that's not the only benefit. As readers of Goldfinger will remember, it's not just our lungs that breathe. Our entire flesh inhales, each pore a tiny, gasping mouth. The garb favoured by interplanetary voyageurs will protect those mouths, too.
And when the sun is searingly hot, solar panelled spaceduds can use the very energy of that heat for at-source in-suit cooling. In winter, even nuclear winter, the reverse is possible. In submerged coastal cities, folks can continue living underwater.
Imagine voyaging downtown on hot, smoggy days breathing deep and mindfully without stress or risk. Indeed, a spacesuit ought to be viewed as a kind of small mobile home. If we can get such outfits to the homeless (and morally we must ), we can completely and forever avoid having to build adequate affordable housing.
Furthermore, by stopping all the fiscal hemorrhaging inflicted on big business for the futile sake of the Kyoto Accord and investing properly, we can move immediately to turn Canada into a world leader in spacesuit manufacture and stick with an oil and coal economy.
We are the leading edge of the astro-flash fashion revolution. We are the new spacemen taking over the earth. One small step for a man, one giant footprint for mankind.