20 years of UN climate netiations have failed to produce a binding and universal agreement for climate change action. The Paris Climate Conference - COP21 - is the last chance for world leaders to change course and ensure a sustainable future for all.
Watch this message from the world’s astronauts - featuring One Young World Counsellor Ron Garan, International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly and 16 astronauts from 6 countries - urging leaders at COP21 to take action to mitigate climate change now, not tomorrow.[[[video-0]]]
The idea to ask astronauts to give their views on the importance of the UN Climate Conference emerged during the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. As a long-time One Young World Counsellor, astronaut Ron Garan reached out to his colleagues requesting they share a simple message of solidarity, hope and collaboration to combat climate change that would reach political leaders during such a crucial time.
In less than three days, an outpouring of messages streamed in from astronauts around the world - eyewitnesses to profound changes to our planet they’ve seen first hand while in orbit. The messages were produced by members of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), the professional association of flown astronauts, cosmonauts and taikonauts. ASE assists members to communicate their unique perspective of Earth to help stimulate humanity’s sense of responsibility for our home planet.
The video was produced by astronaut Ron Garan and Planetary Collective in association with Daria Lopez-Alegria of Space Bridges. Planetary Collective is the award winning filmmakers behind the short film Overview, the groundbreaking full-length feature documentary Planetary, and the upcoming space documentary Orbital.[[[video-1]]]