NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) is committed to ensuring that the investment the nation has made in NASA satellites and science benefits people across the US and helps them make informed decisions about the very real challenges they face in their communities.
Four goals frame ESD’s equity and environmental justice strategy for expanded engagement with communities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropies, academia, industry, and federal and partners:
Goal 1: Conduct assessments of current environmental justice engagements, barriers and gaps, and opportunities.
Goal 2: Engage with a range of organizations involved with those affected by environmental justice and harvest lessons and potential partnerships for the strategy.
Goal 3: Host data accessibility and utility sessions.
Goal 4: Enable transdisciplinary science and applications that integrate physical and social science using NASA datasets.
To begin to address these goals, ESD conducted a community listening workshop and released a request to advance progress on equity and environmental justice.
2021 Community Listening Workshop
ESD and NASA’s Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) organized their first community listening workshop on Oct. 20, 2021. Titled “NASA’s Equity and Environmental Justice Virtual Workshop,” the workshop featured representatives from social science research organizations who engage with environmental justice research and communities.
ROSES-2021 Equity & Environmental Justice Solicitation
On Dec. 8, 2021, ESD released a new opportunity in Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES)-2021, A.49 Earth Science Applications: Equity and Environmental Justice, to advance progress on equity and environmental justice (EEJ) domestically through the application of Earth science, geospatial, and socioeconomic information. This solicitation includes three elements: 1.) Landscape analyses, 2.) Community-based feasibility projects, and 3.) Data integration projects that combine Earth science information and socioeconomic datasets.
ROSES-2022 Environmental and Climate Justice Subelements
On Feb. 14, 2022, ESD released Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES)-2022, A.28 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science, Subelement 4: Environmental and Climate Justice using Earth Observations. This program subelement was designed to address questions at the intersection of Earth observations and environmental/climate justice. The opportunity supports research and application communities to work with colleagues in social science disciplines to address complex and challenging problems that are relevant to environmental and climate justice communities worldwide.
Additional EEJ Resources
Environmental Justice at NASA Backgrounder: NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program has compiled a “backgrounder” with information about how NASA data are being used to support environmental and climate justice efforts along with use cases showing how scientists and decision-makers are applying a wide combination of datasets to assess the vulnerability and exposure of communities to environmental challenges. Visit the backgrounder at: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/backgrounders/environmental-justice
“Environmental Justice: A Call to Action with NASA Earth Observations” by Sativa Cruz A NASA intern, Sativa Cruz, focused her time on Diversity and Inclusion at NASA. The agency believes in driving innovation, creativity and employee engagement by fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all. This article provides insights into environmental justice and offers a rich source list. Visit the article at: https://appliedsciences.nasa.gov/our-impact/story/environmental-justice-call-action-nasa-earth-observations