To engage and enable today’s space generation in productive discussions around how space technology can address global food security on Earth; as well as understand the impact it has on overall diversity, equity, and inclusion for the space community.
The purpose of the workshop is to actively create and draft an impactful report with support of focus questions to discover and assess how the active discussions can be incorporated into any future EO-powered programs that Planet launches.
In 2015, the United Nations published the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Multiple countries, institutions and multinational companies are committed to implementing solutions to meet SDGs. Additionally, the most effective sustainable development happens at the local levels, albeit political decisions being made at higher levels, namely in cities and small municipalities. Earth observation has been cited as a superior tool to monitor, capture and drive development responsibilities and goals. Large constellations of Earth-observing satellites, like Planet, now produce enormous volumes of potentially actionable information about our Earth, with wide relevance in facilitating SDGs. Yet this trove of information is of little value if it is not synthesized into actionable insights, and then made accessible to those best positioned to take action. Routinely, elite scientific, technical, commercial and intergovernmental bodies produce indicators that never reach communities on the ground and can cause an unfortunate access gap.
Planet has the ability to support 14 out of 17 SDGs. SDG number two is Zero Hunger. According to the United Nations, nearly 690 million people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition (8.9% of the world population). In the Panet Working Group we will discuss how to address global food security using Earth Observation (EO) data and how we can bring the world back on track to meet Zero Hunger by 2030.
Delegates will first look into determining how the world population can alleviate the perils of hunger through EO Data and address global food security in the coming years. Then, the delegates will consider how future policy can be structured to ensure ethical and democratic access to EO tools and how these tools can build new norms towards planetary stewardships and contribute to achieving the Zero Hunger initiative. Finally, delegates will use this year’s SGC2022 theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion to discuss what role space technology and EO satellites play in addressing the “access gap” in food security.
The above themes were chosen as the main points of discussion to make sure delegates understand what EO data is, what can be done through policy and how we address the “access gap” to EO data. These main focus questions are in no way a comprehensive list of questions that can be used to address Zero Hunger, but are designed to allow the delegates to have an open conversation and ask more questions about each of these themes in the context of space technology, and in particular EO satellites and data.
The mission of the workshop in “Addressing Food Security with Earth Observation Data”: See Change. Change the World.
The main outcome of Planet’s working group “Addressing Food Security with Earth Observation Data” is to engage the current space generation in productive discussions regarding how space technology can address global food security on Earth and the impact it has on overall diversity, equity, and inclusion in the space community. The second outcome is to produce a report on the focus questions’ discussions and how these discussions can be incorporated within any new EO-powered program that Planet launches in the future.
1. How can we alleviate the perils of hunger through Earth Observation (EO) data and address global food security?
Global agriculture communities need EO data to make practical decisions regarding crop health, growth, and yield. The discussion will be focused on remote sensing ideas and how they can be applied globally, but especially in high-risk geographical locations, given the UN estimates that 8.9% of the world population suffers from hunger.
2. What are the visions and aspirations of the next generation with regards to how policy can be structured to ensure ethical and democratic access to these EO tools, and use these to build new norms towards planetary stewardship and achieving the Zero Hunger initiative?
Discussions will be focused on identifying what role can private industries and governmental agencies play in providing data-sharing access to EO-powered decision support tools and creating relationships between these entities to support initiatives like the UN’s SDG of Zero Hunger.
3. What role should space technology and EO satellites play in addressing the “access gap” of diversity, equity, and inclusion caused by food insecurity?
Discussions will be focused on how space technology can empower global communities to take informed action to tackle the topic of food security, especially in space-emerging nations, and what direct impacts can be made to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in the global space community.