UPFRONT : Global inputs on sustainability

How do you harness the latest global technology to help people understand, forecast and plan for more sustainable future? That was question addressed by some of the world’s top scientists and sustainability experts at the recent Digital Earth Summit in Auckland.
One of the most significant scientific gatherings held in this part of the world, it was also the first Digital Earth Summit to focus specifically on sustainability. International speakers included top academics from China, Germany, the United States and Japan – among them Sebastian Moffat on city sustainability, Amory Lovins on energy, and Hans Schrier on environmental resources.
New Zealand contributors to the Summit included Ann Magee, leading authority on sustainability, Morgan Williams, Commissioner for the Environment, and David Penman who chairs the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Governing Board.
A worldwide initiative kicked off in 1998, Digital Earth aims to pull together global data and information resources to develop virtual 3D model of earth in order to monitor, measure and forecast natural and human activity.
More global sustainability experts are headed in our direction this month for Sustainability 3: the innovation imperative which is also being held in Auckland on September 18. Speakers will include John Elkington, founder of the UK’s SustainAbility, Jeff Skoll, first president of eBay and inspiration behind the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Bob Adams of IDEO, and Dave Stangis, director of corporate responsibility for Intel.

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