Outreach and the heroes of Google Earth

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:

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.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Google Earth’s Heroes Project is so inspirational! Isn’t making the world a better place what it’s all about? Kudos to you for applauding those who make a positive difference for us all.

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