Using the Lego Lunar Module to amplify concerns people in my Ward have about the state of roads and footpaths was a bit of fun, but Project Apollo does have a strange hold over me. I was born just a few days before Apollo 11 was launch and grew up when it and the other missions were still very much spoken about.
In 2017 I visited the Apollo 11 launch site to see another rocket being launched, and really was struck by the scale of what was achieved after JKF said “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” in 1963.
When I returned from Florida I read a book by Gene Kranz called “Failure was not an option”. This was not a fiction book, but it did tell the amazing true story of how around the time I was born in 1969 approximately 400,000 people worked together to build the 2,800 tonne Saturn V rocket that took men to the moon (there were no women astronauts then!).
That book told me that when we work together, we can achieve anything. Potholes don’t need a “Project Apollo”, but tackling poverty and climate change does. We need to take Apollo’s “For All Mankind” slogan, and use it to challenge humankind to tackle these things – not because they are easy problems, but because they are hard.