Thank you for the kind introduction. Good morning, friends. I am delighted today to launch the GLOBE Program in Vietnam, in cooperation with NASA. I would like to recognize President Châu Văn Minh of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology for their leadership on this agreement.
I would also like to introduce our Science Envoy to Mekong, Dr. Geri Richmond, who has joined us here today. When she’s not busy in the lab building some of the most advanced lasers in the world to better understand the essential element for life on earth: water!, she’s visiting all the countries of the lower Mekong building partnerships between scientists and promoting inclusive science programs. Thank you for joining us here today, Dr. Richmond.
In this 20th anniversary year of normalized relations between our nations, it is only fitting that we look to the next generation.
The GLOBE program does just that. When former U.S. vice-president Al Gore launched it on Earth Day, April 22, 1995, just before our countries normalized relations, the project’s aim was to create a worldwide hands-on, science and education program focused on the environment.
I had the pleasure of working for Vice President Gore, off and on for 16 years; and I gained from him a life-long interest in protecting our environment and promoting the sciences.
It is a personal pleasure to be here today to honor Vice President Gore’s legacy and launch GLOBE in Vietnam.
Vietnam joins a GLOBE partner country network that includes 113 nations who together have trained more than 58,000 teachers and 1.5 million students to engage in data collection that improves our understanding of the Earth’s environment.
Through GLOBE, Vietnamese school children will share their data with school children in the U.S. and around the world, in countries such as Russia, Kenya, and Madagascar.
They will learn how closely we are connected.
They will learn how we affect each other despite the vast distances between us. And this is more than an education program—it is a real tool that will support Vietnamese scientists today and groom scientists for tomorrow in making important discoveries and technological innovations that Vietnam…and the world…need for future growth and development.
I look forward to seeing the positive benefits of this program in the future. I am also excited that Vietnam’s youth will have this opportunity to contribute to our understanding of this magnificent planet that we share. Thank you.