As­tro­naut makes emo­tional plea

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Madrid

– Awed by the blue-green hues swirling across the mar­ble-like sur­face of the Earth below, an Ital­ian as­tro­naut made an emo­tional ap­peal from space on Wednesday for world lead­ers to pull their “heads out of the sand” over cli­mate change.

Speak­ing via video link from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, Luca Par­mi­tano told a ses­sion at a United Na­tions sum­mit in Madrid that his van­tage point af­forded him a unique per­spec­tive on the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of hur­ri­canes and floods.

“Our planet is beau­ti­ful. We also see its in­cred­i­ble fragility,” the mil­i­tary test pi­lot told UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, who is push­ing for big­ger com­mit­ments by big pol­luters at the talks.

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