World Environment Day 2021 – Why Data Science Must Empower #GenerationRestoration
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First held back in 1974, World Environment Day has become a powerful way for the United Nations to engage with “governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues.” This year, a key theme is #GenerationRestoration and also sees the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: a global rallying cry for everyone to do their part in healing the planet.
Back in the 70s, the prospect of a looming global environmental crisis was, for most people, simply not among the major issues of the day. Experts and activists aside, few could have imagined the pace at which events would develop and how urgent the need for action would become.
In a similar way, half a century ago, the idea that technology could have a positive impact on protecting the planet was much closer to science fiction than reality. Today, however, the world looks to digital innovation as one of the main strategies to combat climate change, with data science among the industries now playing a vital role on both a macro and micro scale.
Globally, data scientists blend human expertise with technology to assess data and review the impact of problems causing climate change. This insight informs government policy, which then filters across the economy and society to deliver meaningful impact. In the UK, for example, it is now national policy to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, and data science will play a key ongoing role in the further development of policies in the years ahead.
On a day-to-day basis, businesses everywhere will need to make a major contribution if this target is to be reached. The sustainability of every organisation depends on addressing the impact of its operations across the supply chain. Everything from water consumption, pollution and plastic reduction, to carbon emissions, waste and recycling, is part of the equation – and data science modelling is increasingly being used by businesses to assess the likely impact of their actions and the quality of decision-making.
In recent years, the Mango team has worked on sustainability projects to monitor and measure world poverty, reduce water waste and to understand the proportion of electricity generated using low-carbon sources. We remain committed to broadening the availability of data science expertise and technology to make a difference to ensure data science empowers #GenerationRestoration.
Data scientists looking to add their support to the wider effort to protect the environment can get more information from the Open Sustainable Technology website, which provides a list of all sustainable, open and actively maintained technology projects worldwide and details of how to get involved.
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