A Message From the International Space Station to Rio+20

Posted by Benjamin Sand
June 21, 2012

With more than 50,000 people from around the world attending the Rio+20 conference in Rio De Janeiro, the global conversation has reached an almost fever pitch. Presidents met with students, students with indigenous groups, indigenous groups with Nobel prize winning economists, economists with reporters, and reporters with just about all of us.

But for one, brief moment, it is fair to say a group of four men managed to rise above the fray and capture everyone's attention.

Amid the pomp and circumstance of yesterday's ceremonial opening, the lights briefly dimmed and astronauts from the International Space Station greeted the delegates in short video produced by our friends at NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency, and the European Space Agency.

The video was greeted with stunned silence before the delegates, including scores of presidents, prime ministers and government ministers, erupted into thunderous applause.

Well done NASA, thank you a most unexpected moment of zen here at Rio+20.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 21, 2012

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@ Eric -- Thank you for your comment! You can watch the video in the player above the blog text or on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ENJAQytPegA.

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Benjamin,

Howabout posting a link to that NASA vid.?

Then see if you can get the major global news networks to air it so a few billion people on this planet can see what condition Humanity's condition is in.

See, rather than "stunned silence" you need a bit of public outrage and concern voiced regarding the global environmental degradation one can see from space to get governments to realize they ultimately must answer to their people, and have a mandate to change directly from them.

Best,

EJ

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 22, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Dipnote Bloggers,

Thanks for that..., I was hoping to see a more substantial presentation actually. In fact, since the thought is on the brain, simmering...the President has this keen wish to promote green industry and energy and have the US play a leadership role in leeding folks out of the climate change abyss while improving the global economy an all...maybe the folks up at the station and he can dop a joint one-hour power-point presentation complete with video of deforestation, desertification, along with humanity's visable foot print on the planet (the city lights on the night-side flyover were nice, but that's not exactly what I'm shooting for in the way of educating folks)...as seen from the station and various enviromental monitoring means of corrolating data.

What kind of weight would this lend to the conversation?

Oh, have him invite his counterparts from other nations to then have a public moderated discussion on the tail end of that and ask the public, and industry to contribute any ideas they may have from the entire world, and multiply the imput of 50,000 in rio to a collective pool of though of 7 billion all thinking about what sustainability looks like at the same time, and I flat gurantee you someone will have vision and idea.

But as it stands at this point in time, I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of the world's population is riddled with doubt as to whether anyone in power really cares or not.

And folks can bust that myth in the process.

I'm glad this Rio conference was attended by world leaders, but now they got to bring the message home.

The way I look at this is that regardless of whether folks are on the same page as to how to properly address the problems inherant with conflict, climate change and economic hardship facing modern civilization today, humanity will sink or swim depending on whether folks have reached common consensus on what happens if they are not solved within this decade.

Best,

EJ

Aelxandro C.
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Uruguay
June 22, 2012

Alexandro C. in Uruguay writes:

Congratulations, simply excelent!

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