On day one, our keynote speaker Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Office of County of Los Angeles, opened the AI LA Earth Summit with his professional insights on the opportunities and challenges Los Angeles is facing when implementing sustainable practices as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He reiterated the importance that sustainability should be a holistic approach, addressing both people and planet.
On day one, we explored topics relating to the power of AI in responding to Californian wildfires, sustainable transportation, mapping lands, and ecosystems, reducing greenhouse gases, and becoming 'citizen scientists'. In these discussions, we learned how to use real-time data to respond quickly to daily changes in ecosystems that ultimately affect both people and animals. We also discussed the importance of open source sharing of technology. By freely providing technology, we can help advance other industries in their quest to reduce climate change.
Day two was equally interesting as we discussed and shared knowledge on how we can include sustainability in Africa’s growing population, best monitor and protect our oceans, create equity in sustainability, develop sustainable food access and agriculture processes, as well as explore the latest in clean energy sustainable investment and innovation. Within these discussions, we learned the importance of applying technology in a local context and understanding the historical policies that have given rise to local issues. We also learned how it is possible to leverage data to enable better decision-making for private industries and use it to make better climate change policies.
One of the biggest lessons learned throughout the summit is that there isn’t just ‘one solution’ to fix the issues with climate change. We need innovations across the economy, technology, robust business models, and new ways of doing finance to solve the problems.
It was a very motivating summit, and we are optimistic about the advances in AI and how it will reduce the impacts of climate change in the future. The possibility of tech providing urgent solutions for these urgent times is exciting. Now more than ever, it is important that we each do our part to contribute to addressing the growing challenges of climate change. Regardless of whether you are interested in climate tech or just passionate about protecting Earth’s ecosystems, we hope that the conversations that took place at the Earth Summit will inspire you to address climate change in your field of work.
We want to take this opportunity to mention Planet Lab for sponsoring Earth Summit 2021. Planet Lab is a leader in Earth observation, with a mission to image the entire Earth every day and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. Their near-daily satellite imagery and insights will transform innovation in the private and public sectors – from agriculture, forestry, security to finance. We want to thank Planet Lab for underwriting our costs to offer the two-day program for free.
Our next Earth Summit will occur in 2022, and we look forward to meeting in Los Angeles and seeing you again to discuss new and emerging technology for a cleaner and healthier planet.
If you would like to watch any of our speakers again, please view our recordings on YouTube.
The future in AI is exciting and promises many different solutions to combat the problems that may arise with climate change. Researchers, innovators, and governments need to urgently share their technology and data with other countries or communities to address this global issue.
In these discussions, we explored how AI, machine learning, and other technologies can reduce or avoid catastrophic impacts caused by climate change. It was agreed that now, more than ever, we need to advance our technology and reduce our reliance on outdated systems to ensure sustainability and preparedness for the future.