“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.... We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity.... Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.... Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, here is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up."
The year is 2016 and it's three minutes to midnight. The "Doomsday Clock" is metaphor used by science leaders and policy makers on subjects that determine our very survival. The closer it gets to midnight, the closer we are to imminent destruction. In 1991 we were 17 minutes away from midnight. At this rate, we won't survive 1,000 years.
About 70,000 years ago the human population hit a bottleneck. The total population of humanity less than 30,000 individuals. We survived. That's what we do.
One-thousand years is a long time to figure things out. Think about people like Elon Musk. In one generation we could end up with solar powered homes and vehicles. Global warming, take that one off the list! Oh and he might also be instrumental in sending people to Mars.
Nobody is saying it'll be easy, but these are challenges we can overcome.