In the field of Astrobiology scholars are undergoing heated debates about the ethics
of terraforming. The "greens" in favor of terraforming (mars in this case) far outnumber the "reds" or those opposed to terraforming.
here is a link to a good mock debate, presenting both sides of the argument:
IMO~doesn't the prime directive only apply to sentient
life? nerf? meh?
((yes i know we don't really have a united federation of planets with a prime directive. ....yet))