Aerospace engineering grad student and co-founder of A4E, Imani Mairae Ware opens up about her connection to the night sky and what inspires her efforts to bring the astronomical perspective to the fight against climate change.
Astronomers have a unique perspective on the Earth. Our work reveals the immense distances to stars, bringing into focus the uniqueness and fragility of our home planet. Even as we revel in discoveries of planets circling distant stars, we are acutely aware that, for humans and every living thing on Earth, there is no Planet B.
Inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot,” Maya Angelou wrote this beloved poem in 1995. Narrated by Jaden Clark, this video—inspired by the protests for racial justice in the US in 2020—is A4E’s ode to our planet, and to every soul that together calls it home.
What lessons do our planetary neighbors—Venus and Mars—have for life here on Earth? Many it turns out. Earth is *just right* for supporting and nurturing our existence. It is a rare planetary sanctuary, not to be taken for granted.
Civilization is rooted in astronomy, but for so many across the globe, light pollution from cities has severed a connection with the night sky. How can humanity reconnect with not only the night sky, but also the natural world… and each other?
An excerpt from Carl Sagan’s own narration, this famous meditation is his response to Earth’s own self portrait, taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990. “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s us. On it… every human being who ever was, lived out their lives…”
Dr. Kristina Dahl, a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She describes ways that scientists can be advocates for solutions to climate change.