Ambassador Mamet opened a two-day program for GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) science teachers at Colegio Marín San Isidro this morning in commemoration of Earth Day.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of GLOBE, a program that began with USG support in 1995 in which students learn to take earth observations and post them to a global database for use by scientists. It is meant to encourage the study of science among students and provide useful data for scientific research.Since the program’s launch in 1995, over 66,000 trained teachers and 10 million students in 114 countries have participated in GLOBE. The GLOBE Program in Argentina has been based in the University of Business and Social Sciences since its incorporation into the Program in 1995. Currently there are 164 schools which participate in GLOBE Argentina. The program has trained 146 teachers. GLOBE students have submitted 441,000 data entries from field observations, for which they have received 30 honors.
Ambassador Mamet applauded the GLOBE teachers for their “selfless dedication” and expressed that the U.S. Department of State and NASA are proud to support GLOBE because of its important work to inspire future generations of young scientists. Ambassador Mamet told GLOBE teachers that “we have our own history to write together, cleaning up our communities and teaching generations to come to value and protect our natural resources.” As evidence of the U.S. commitment to protecting the environment, Ambassador Mamet outlined how the United States has set the target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, a goal Ambassador Mamet referred to as both “ambitious and achievable.”
Upon the conclusion of his remarks, Ambassador Mamet presented a certificate of appreciation and letter from the Director of GLOBE’s Implementation Office to Maria Marta de Daneri, the coordinator of GLOBE Argentina, for being a GLOBE leader in the Latin America and Caribbean region.