Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elon Musk is trying to “save the world” by creating a sustainable living system for humanity
The United Nations has greenlit US tech billionaire Elon Musk’s plan to colonise Mars.
The UN’s food and agriculture organisation (FAO) approved the $6bn (£4.2bn) Boring Company Plan to build “resort cities” and revolutionise agriculture worldwide.
Mr Musk has said building the network of tunnels will be the “most important thing” he will ever do in his life.
He called it “the answer to global food security and sustainability”, and said it would bring about a “third way” between humanity and nature.
Fellow billionaire Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and a business partner of Mr Musk, said: “To be able to open up the possibility of establishing permanent bases not only on Mars, but also on the Moon or elsewhere, is truly the grandest engineering challenge of our time.”
The same three paragraphs, published in the FAO’s World Agricultural Outlook 2019-2022, were included in the proposal Musk made to President Donald Trump in January.
Musk’s proposal, which first appeared on his blog, is detailed in a UN document released in April and submitted to the International Energy Agency on 5 May.
The media had yet to verify this version as it had not been officially published.
The Boring Company, which is headquartered in Hawthorne, California, and is now exploring a permanent underground city in Tuscany, has ties to the French engineering firm SNCF.
It has previously won UN contracts to improve internal communications within the organisation and support in pursuing a new work programme.
Musk has now turned his attention to Mars after revealing plans to use the tunnels to send human settlers to the Red Planet as early as 2024.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The Boring Company tunnels will be carbon-neutral, clean energy powered and will be travelling at 480mph (780kph)
He has said he will use reusable tunneling machines that cost just $3m to build each and can travel at speeds of 480mph (780kph).
But his new plan has drawn ire from US space advocates who say it will do little to lift up the human race, and says little about hunger in the more impoverished parts of the world.