Earthrise Alliance Brings New Perspective on Satellite Data to UN Climate Action Summit


Earthrise Alliance joined world leaders this week as they gathered in New York for the United Nations Climate Action Summit. The Climate Action Summit aims to gather leaders with concrete, realistic plans on lowering greenhouse gas emissions and to raise the global level of ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Earthrise Alliance CEO, Lori Garver, was invited by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to participate in a side event titled Space Applications for Climate Action led by the Austrian minister for the environment and the state minister of the environment for France.  

Held on September 22, 2019, the panel focused on space technology as an indispensable tool for maximizing sustainable development and scaling-up levels of ambition towards coherent implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Garver was joined on the panel by the minister of environment of Ethiopia, the minister of water and the environment of Uganda, and representatives from the United Nations Development Programme, the French space agency Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), and UNOOSA. 

Garver highlighted the urgent need for policies that lead to expanded accessibility to space data and technologies that translate that data into actionable information. When discussing why space data plays such an important role in helping to track and mitigate climate change, Garver stated, “Our problems here on Earth are only getting bigger, meaning that we have to take a further step back to gain the perspective necessary to not only see the full extent of the problem but to also see the solution. Satellite Imagery gives us that perspective.” 

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