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Earthrise Alliance

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Earthrise Alliance is a left-of-center environmentalist climate advocacy group. The organization uses satellite imagery to document the changes to the natural environment. The organization advocates for a change in NASA policy that would make combating climate change the organization’s main mission.

Earthrise Alliance is a project of the Windward Fund, which is a nonprofit managed by the for-profit consulting firm Arabella Advisors. Arabella Advisors has faced criticism for forming a left-of-center “dark money” advocacy network. 1

Overview

Earthrise Alliance was formed in 2019 with the goal of using satellite imagery in order to push for action in combating climate change. 2

Lori Garver, the head of Earthrise Alliance and a former labor union and Obama administration official and science advisor to 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, 3 was an advocate for using satellite data to make the argument for environmentalist policy on climate change. NASA has already been playing a leading role to advance the argument that human activity was the cause of the rapid changing of the Earth’s climate. 4

Earthrise Alliance pulls its information from private satellite operators. Among the companies that EA draws its information from are Planet, National Geographic, Schmidt Futures, and Maxar’s DigitalGlobe subsidiary. 5

In addition to using data from those private organizations, Earthrise Alliance also unites the efforts of Mission Control Earth, which is a supporter of the Climate Modeling Alliance, and Earthrise Media, which makes satellite imagery available for humanitarian and news reporting purposes. 6

EA is a project of the Windward Fund. It is also an initiative of Mountain Philanthropies. 7

In 2020, Garver was campaigning to make NASA’s top priority combating climate change. She called for doubling NASA’s budget from $2 billion to $4 billion on Earth science. Among the programs covered in NASA’s Earth science budget are satellites that monitor the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land. 8

Garver also said that the Earthrise Alliance would have a set of policies ready if a Democrat was elected president. She also claims that we only had ten years to act before the planet would sustain permanent damage. 9

Staff

Lori Garver is the CEO of the Earthside Alliance. Before she worked in the role, she worked as a science advisor to former U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Before that, she worked as a general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, an AFL-CIO-affiliated labor union of commercial airline pilots. She was a deputy administrator of NASA in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013. 10

Dan Hammer is the chief technology officer for Earthrise Alliance. He also serves as a fellow and senior advisor to the National Geographic Labs. He specializes in using satellite imagery for environmental storytelling. Before that, he was a senior policy advisor in 2016 to the Obama administration. 11

Cassie Lee is the chief operating officer of Earthrise Alliance. Before that she was the head of space programs for Vulcan Incorporated. Her focus was using satellite and other space-based data to combat climate change, improve ocean health, and save species at risk of extinction. 12

References

  1. Shaw, Adam. “’Shadowy’ Dark Money Network Behind Left-Wing Causes Exposed in New Report.” Capital Research Center. Capital Research Center, April 17, 2019. https://capitalresearch.org/article/shadowy-dark-money-network-behind-left-wing-causes-exposed-in-new-report/.
  2.    Boyle, Alan. 2019. “Earthrise Alliance Aims To Turn Data From Space Into A Resource For Climate Action”. Geekwire. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/earthrise-alliance-aims-turn-data-space-resource-climate-action/.  
  3.    “Lori Garver”. 2020. Linkedin. Accessed January 27. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-garver-64695362/.
  4. Boyle, Alan. 2019. “Earthrise Alliance Aims To Turn Data From Space Into A Resource For Climate Action”. Geekwire. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/earthrise-alliance-aims-turn-data-space-resource-climate-action/.
  5. Boyle, Alan. 2019. “Earthrise Alliance Aims To Turn Data From Space Into A Resource For Climate Action”. Geekwire. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/earthrise-alliance-aims-turn-data-space-resource-climate-action/.
  6. Boyle, Alan. 2019. “Earthrise Alliance Aims To Turn Data From Space Into A Resource For Climate Action”. Geekwire. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/earthrise-alliance-aims-turn-data-space-resource-climate-action/.
  7. Boyle, Alan. 2019. “Earthrise Alliance Aims To Turn Data From Space Into A Resource For Climate Action”. Geekwire. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/earthrise-alliance-aims-turn-data-space-resource-climate-action/.
  8. Hofacker, Cat. 2020. “Former NASA Deputy Makes Case For Climate Focus”. Aerospace America. https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/former-nasa-deputy-makes-case-for-climate-focus/.
  9. Hofacker, Cat. 2020. “Former NASA Deputy Makes Case For Climate Focus”. Aerospace America. https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/former-nasa-deputy-makes-case-for-climate-focus/.
  10. “Lori Garver”. 2020. Linkedin. Accessed January 27. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-garver-64695362/.   
  11. “Dan Hammer”. 2020. Linkedin. Accessed January 27. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-hammer/.
  12. “Cassie Lee”. 2020. Linkedin. Accessed January 27. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-kloberdanz-lee-2895782/.
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