Thomas Pesquet hopes that the Cop26 can be the occasion for more ecological actions.
While his return to Earth is scheduled for next week, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is worried about the climate situation on Earth. It must be said that the native of Rouen has a rather exceptional point of view to contemplate our planet, nestled in the ISS some 400 kilometers above our heads. Always very keen on communicating, it is a few days before the start of the Cop26 that Thomas Pesquet once again spoke on the various climate issues that weigh over our heads.
In an interview with AFP, the astronaut said he was very shocked by the natural disasters he has seen developing from the ISS in recent months. “We also saw a succession of, extremely impressive, you could almost look in . Those are of phenomenally powerful, more and more frequent, more and more destructive ”, alert the astronaut.
Very committed to the fight against global warming, Thomas Pesquet recently became the new ambassador of the FAO, an organization fighting against hunger, but also protecting the planet. According to him “we do not not feel concerned” by the climate changes underway.
“The economic takes precedence over the ecological”
According to the astronaut who is still stationed in the ISS for a few days, before a well-deserved return to Earth, the main short-term problem for our planet remains that ecological concerns, if they are present, they only pass through second plan. “Economic issues take precedence over ecological issues”, sums up the Norman. The astronaut continues his advocacy by taking the example of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
The latter was not placed on the list of sites threatened by global warming by UNESCO following pressure from Camberra. Such a classification would have forced the government in place to take drastic measures, and would have, among other things, considerably reduced the number of tourists present in the area, in order to protect it. An economic sacrifice that Australia still refuses to make.