Friday Flicks: An Astronaut’s View of Earth

Last month on the Friday Flicks, I got a little help from my friend Max, who recommended a Big Think video by Bill Nye. It turned out to be so wildly popular that I asked Max to give us another video suggestion. This time, Max went from Big Think to the entire Earth, offering a video by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

From Max:

“Chris Hadfield is a retired astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. He became well-known worldwide during his last flight mission in 2013, when he used social media to share photos and answer questions about life in space. He gained even larger popularity after releasing a music video of his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” When he landed back on the Earth, he went around giving talks and making television appearances as an advocate of space exploration.
In this Friday Flicks video, Hadfield shares an incredible experience flying through the aurora australis (aka the southern lights), relating how his unique perspective in space allowed him to see clearly the effects of human-caused climate change on Earth.”

What do you think of this video? Does it fill you with the same awe expressed by Hadfield and our NCSE friend Max? Do you think that it effectively conveys the urgency of acting on climate change by presenting a vision of the Earth as a whole?

Minda Berbeco
Short Bio

Minda Berbeco is the former Programs and Policy Director at NCSE.