Stephen Hawking Says We Only Have 1,000 Years Left

Stephen Hawking

The debate over mankind's place on planet Earth has ramped up over the last decade, with concerns over climate change and global warming. While most scientists agree that we are rapidly destroying our planet, one has put an expiration date on humanity itself.

Noted theoretical scientist and astronomer Stephen Hawking recently says humanity won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth... and leaving is our only option.

While recently speaking at Oxford University Union, Hawking said our best chance for survival as a species is to leave Earth and establish colonies on other planets.

"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years," he said in the speech, according to the Christian Science Monitor. "By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race."

Despite a message of despair, Hawking did offer some words of hope.

"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," he said. "Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."