Carl Norlen is a scientist and educator. He is currently a PhD candidate in biological sciences at University of California, Irvine, where he studies the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and people. Previously, he was a middle school science teacher at Louise Radloff Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and a high school college access professional with the Upward Bound Programs at University of California, Riverside. Carl’s work on this article was supported by the Ridge to Reef Graduate Training Program funded by National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award DGE-1735040. He is passionate about engaging people of all types with environmental science so that we can equitably solve problems like climate change.
The United States should take the diplomatic lead in developing multilateral protocols to resolve conflicts and facilitate the peaceful development of a space mining sector.