A new satellite video has revealed how fast the humans are changing the Earth. The animated video consists of many satellite images that are combined together to make people know how human activities are quickly changing the planet. Through these time-lapse satellite photos, one can see how glaciers are melting and also know where refugees are migrating. This animated video of the Earth’s photos taken from space along with expert analysis has been presented in a new website named EarthTime.
EarthTime has combined the images taken by NASA satellites from 1984 to 2016 and the diverse data layers consisting of over 300 free, open-source, geospatial data sets taken from the World Bank, Berkeley Earth, the UNHCR, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Climate Central, WWF, the International Renewable Energy Agency and others. The EarthTime website was launched on April 22, on the occasion of World Earth Day.
The aim of the website is to make people see the dramatic images of Earth taken from space and how rising human activities are changing the planet. The animated video shows the patterns and the connections behind some of the significant social and political trends of the past two decades and how they have resulted in quickly changing landscapes.
EarthTime wants to inform the world leaders as well as, about the major environmental and geoeconomic shifts, from air pollution to inequality, that is quickly changing our planet. Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, and Director, CREATE Lab said, The Earth is changing dramatically. No single discipline can make sense of all that is now happening and no citizen is free from the consequences of what we all do next. We all must be involved in understanding Earth’s changes and how we can work together to bring about our desired sustainable future into reality.”
Nourbakhsh, also a Global Future Council member at the World Economic Forum, further added that the EarthTime site tries to build the common ground that they believe is essential to the discourse that all people must have as stewards of our planet and our joint future. EarthTime was created by CREATE Lab (the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and other organizations.