French astronaut aboard space station now calls for action on climate change


A French astronaut in space shared his current view of Earth and a call to fight global warming as international leaders meet at a United Nations climate summit.

Thomas Pesquet, European Space Agency astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, shared a view of the UK, hosting the meeting, surrounded by water. You can just see a space station solar panel peek out in the top left image.

“The # COP26Glasgow climate change conference has started: we need #ClimateAction to cut emissions and protect our world, and we can only do it together,” Pesquet said written in a tweet posted Monday, November 1, tagging the United Nations Twitter feed.

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The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, until 12 November; Scotland is sadly under the clouds in this photo, Pesquet noted.

(Pesquet is scheduled to land in the coming weeks with Crew-2, but is in space a little longer amid a delay in the launch of the Crew-3 mission due to a minor medical issue with one astronauts. NASA is currently targeting the launch on Saturday (November 6).)

Summit officials say COP26 is “the world’s best last chance” to tackle the global warming crisis, which in 2021 alone has sparked forest fires, storms, flooding, melting glaciers and other devastating extreme weather events in many global jurisdictions.

The 25th summit was held in December 2019 in Madrid and the results were widely criticized by environmental observers, according to National Geographic, especially as some talks on carbon markets have been postponed to Glasgow.

Pesquet also expressed his dissatisfaction with the 2019 summit. “The results were a bit disappointing,” he told Flickr.

“Hopefully leaders around the world can unite and work together to achieve the goals that will keep our planet habitable for many millennia. We need #ClimateAction to reduce emissions and protect our world.”

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