Since introducing Google Earth Outreach a few years ago, Google has worked hard to expand the program. Google Earth Outreach enabled any organization to quickly and easily get the resources it needs to create compelling stories through Google Earth. They’ve added three new projects today, all based in Africa: Save the Elephants (KML ), Mapping Africa’s Protected Areas (KML ) and UNEP has created the Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment. You can learn more about these and other Outreach projects in the Google Earth Outreach Showcase or visit the new Google Earth Outreach in Africa page. Here is a brief video overview of their Outreach program:
Today Google also unveiled the first five members of their “Heroes Project“. These are organizations and individuals that have “used Google Earth in their efforts to affect change”. They include:
- Project Kaisei, which is tracking the Pacific garbage patch and we’ve showcased previously
- Save the Elephants, which also happens to be part of Google Earth Outreach
- Borneo Orangutan Survival, tracking the decreasing Orangutan population
- Chief Almir and the Surui, which tracks illegal logging
- Appalachian Voices, which fights against mountaintop coal removal and we first told you about more than two years ago. For more about them, you can watch the video below:
Google has created their Heroes program to inspire others to “use Google Earth to make the world a better place”. If you know of an organization that’s worthy of being considered a Google Earth Hero, you can nominate them here.