Editor’s note: This is not the usual fare for Punching Bag Post, however Dr. Gbujie is a personal friend who has contributed a lot to this world and continues to strive for the best result for all. Team 54 has over 100,000 members and works with groups around the world on a wide variety of environmental issues. Their projects have had meaningful impact on the lives of thousands.
Author: Khadeeja Mochizuki, freelance journalist based in Germany
Vienna, Austria – The Year’s highlights of accomplishments will indeed be memorable for Team 54 Project International, a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, that raises awareness about the climate crisis and identifies unique and innovative ways to take climate actions, all to strengthen and create a climate resilience communities across the world.
Three members of the group namely Dr. Gbujie Daniel Chidubem, Founder of the organization, Ms. Milica Miliosev from Serbia, and Dr.Ezioma Onyinye Gbujie from Nigeria have placed their organization on the global map through their dedication and passion which has led them to create an innovative climate idea called ”SpaceClime”.
This climate concept uses Space-based principles to address the climate change impacts, by integrating this system into those of the land-based digital system. Allowing for the building of a better Advance Climate Early Warning System. That can strengthen climate adaptation approach and climate disaster reduction risk protocol whenever ecological incidents occur in any location.
The development of SpaceClime application incorporates geospatial information and communication from the satellite into land-based digital system, which will allow better understanding of the complexity that climate change brings and suggest how best to address negative climate consequences especially those that effects sectors like ; agriculture, water , peace, Security health and climate disaster recovery.
”SpaceClime” was surprisingly listed as one of the 3 global winners of the 2019 United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Space4SDGs Award, along with other recipients with ideas involving other SDGs; Mr. George Profitiliotis (SDG15), Greece , and Mr. Arthur N. Demain (SDG16), the Phillipines. They were all announced during the 62nd Session of the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), few weeks ago in Vienna Austria.
The competition ”Space For SDGs” asked youth in the various continent to indicate ways of how space-based technology can support the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they were involved in, the International challenge had over hundred applications from across globe. organized by UNOOSA in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations position on intergenerational participation, and inclusive engagement of youths from across the globe, on how best to leverage on space-based technology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SGAC Executive Director Clementine Decoopman said last month in press conference that the ‘Space for SDGs Youth’ Competition aims to engage youth in the discussion of how space science technology can be used to power the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how effectively it can be employed to showcase the creativity and vigour in youth to advance humanity through the peaceful uses of space based technology.
The SpaceClime team will be sponsored to attend, both the 70th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Washington D.C., and the 27th Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits also holding in Washington DC, USA from the 18th to 25 October 2019, the one week long conference are hosted by the International Astronautical Federation ( IAF), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
“We are proud of the SpaceClime Team, these young people have proven again that whenever chances are created, some young people will dig deep to uncover innovative ideas to address some of our global challenges like the one caused by the climate change”, said Mr. Oddy Prince Nwaubani of Africa Trade Center
UNOOSA Agency Head, Simonetta Di Pippo said: “The exploration of outer space and the development of space technologies are, by nature, long-term, inter-generational pursuits. Through initiatives such as this one, UNOOSA is strengthening the involvement of the next generation in outer space affairs for the achievement of the SDGs, in line with the 2030 Youth Strategy of the United Nations Secretary-General. We aim to ensure that young people are not only the recipient of decisions made on a local, national or global level but also are an integral part of the decision-making process.”
Dr.Gbujie the leader/Creator of the SpaceClime Team, when asked how he felt after the announcement was made few weeks ago, he replied:
” I have to accept that talent and skills are very common but using them to identify challenge and creating solutions or opportunity is what is often uncommon, we seized an opportunity created by UNOOSA, thankfully it paid off”.
“I Still can’t believe we won the UN competition, we worked very hard and as the person who pitched the SpaceClime Concept in the competition, I was tensed and scared but Dr. Gbujie and Dr. Ezioma made the process easy, I just fill excited,” said Milica Milosev, Pitcher of the space like concept .
As a journalist, the opportunity to utilize space-based technology to achieve sustainable development is indeed great for human civilization and welcome development.
I can only but appreciate the tremendous effort that the 3 history-making individuals of SpaceClime have put into this concept that has landed them this global recognition.
Consequently, they should be commended by their respective countries because they are individuals who are not known astrophysicist or have anything to do with space-based technology and to be able to conceptualized innovative idea imbedded in SpaceClime is something totally incredible.
No doubt youths have the potential to make a big difference, if opportunity like this are domesticated on the national level too.
With a strong will, and a passion to address challenges pressed on them inclusive of the heart to learn and to work together greatness can be achieved.
”Clearly, We worked together and I know now that one individual can’t on his or her own alone change a society, but when more human work with a clear purpose to impact positively on others, almost everything can be achieved,” said Dr. Ezioma, another member of the SpaceClime Team.With the world actually becoming younger yearly, it is wise to begin to draw on the potential of young people, representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and civil society to inspire the needed realization of the sustainable development goals.
The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs must be applauded for bringing together Space partners to co-create platform like ”Space For SDG ” Challenge that has attracted great ideas to address the 17 SDGs, and also incorporate ways to share all the ideas of all the competition participants to government and other relevant stakeholders has started Yeilding achievable scalable impacts especially in hearts of young people across the world.
“We dedicate this UN award to our Team 54 Project International members across the globe and we believe if fully functional this device will help millions better cope with the climate crisis by adapting and building climate resilience but it must be participatory and inclusive to all”. Gbujie said.
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