The Eye on Earth Summit aims to harness the power of data and new data gathering technologies to help the environment and support sustainable development. The summit is hosted by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative and the United Nations Environment Programme.
The origins of Eye on Earth can be found in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, a document published in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit that lays out 27 principals. Principal 10 states that “each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes.”
Today, the data revolution can offer a powerful tool to providing citizens and governments with vital information about the environment. From climate change to water pollution, from ocean acidification to food access, many social and environmental issues hinge on quantifiable information.
The last Eye on Earth Summit was held in 2011, and this year another summit will take place in Abu Dhabi in October. The invitation-only event has been compared to the Davos meetings of the World Economic Forum, and will be attended by the members of intergovernmental, civil society, scientific organizations, academia, private sector, donor and development agencies.
The organizers of the summit are hosting a blogging competition, and the winner will receive an invitation to the summit as well as airfare and hotel accommodations.
To enter the competition, participants will submit a blog post about how a data revolution can help lead us toward a better and more sustainable future. Entries should be 750 to 1000 worlds long, and be submitted by August 20. If you don’t already have a blog, that’s no problem. You can create one using sites such as Tumblr, Medium or Wordpress.
For more information and the full terms and conditions for entering, visit the Eye on Earth Blogging Competition page.