March 26, 2023 3:11 pm

Sidney Thurston has joined Dallas-primarily based EarthX as vice president of international science and technologies, the environmental nonprofit announced.

Thurston has decades of international experiences as a senior project manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is a longtime contributor to the United Nations’ meteorological and oceanographic communities.

“As EarthX evolves and expands globally, Thurston in this new position will supply continuity to enable raise the visibility of the international ocean-climate-climate S&ampT efforts, discover option power, empower the planet with science-primarily based climate adaptation, and tackle other urgent climate alter troubles,” EarthX CEO Nathan Loftice mentioned in a statement.

Acquiring approaches EarthX can ‘lead by example’

EarthX mentioned that Thurston’s principal duties are delivering science and technologies content material and exhibitions for the EarthX international platform and identifying S&ampT projects in which EarthX can “lead by example”—including renewable power, NextGen Information and facts Technologies, the Climate and Wellness Connection, enhancing climate resilience, Nuclear Rethink, and new eco-friendly creating supplies.

“I am so proud of the group we’ve been creating considering that I joined EarthX,” Loftice mentioned in a statement. “Over the final quite a few months, we have recruited Ph.Ds, attorneys, scientists, engineers, educated international topic matter professionals, and other pros across numerous sectors to elevate EarthX as a international influencer advocating for the environmental sustainability that we are all striving for.”

Thurston will lead one particular of quite a few conferences throughout the Congress of Conferences at EarthX Expo on April 19-23, and will serve as the chair of the new EarthX Science and Technologies Advisory Group, the nonprofit mentioned.

“I am enthusiastic and prepared to lead in the creation of numerous international applications,” Thurston mentioned in a statement. “When I started organizing capacity creating workshops properly more than two decades ago, it was mainly directed to empower vulnerable populations across the Indo-Pacific Area.”

Ocean-climate veteran

Thurston retired from NOAA’s Worldwide Ocean Monitoring and Observing System as System Manager for Ocean Observing Technologies and Overseas System Improvement in December. He managed quite a few Worldwide Met-Ocean Observing Networks, like the Worldwide Drifter System and Worldwide Tropical Moored Buoy Array.

EarthX mentioned that Thurston’s international responsibilities enabled him to pursue a passion for establishing Resource-Sharing Partnerships and creating capacity, traveling two.five million air miles across the Indo-Pacific Area in 28 years.

For the duration of that time, Thurston organized far more than 30 workshops by bringing ocean-climate professionals to the regions to provide instruction on the social-financial applications of Met-Ocean observations like in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Mauritius, Kenya, China, Tanzania, and India.

Thurston will continue to serve the international neighborhood as vice chair of the Planet Meteorological Organization Standing Committee on Earth Program Observing and Monitoring Networks and the WMO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Joint Collaborative Board.

“Today, with sea level rise and increasingly devastating impacts from droughts, floods, heat waves, tropical cyclones and other intense events, I am coming to comprehend the complete planet is now vulnerable to the existential threat of climate alter,” Thurston mentioned. “That is what motivated me to join EarthX, to enable provide science-primarily based adaptation options to everybody in want across the complete social-financial spectrum. I appear forward to assisting EarthX and the organizations it supports to get the message out.”

Moving toward a far more sustainable future

A subsidiary brand of Earth Day Texas Inc., EarthX was founded in 2011 to assistance Earth Day celebrations in Dallas.

Considering the fact that then, EarthX has grown into an international nonprofit and international environmental organization devoted to environmental awareness, education, and inspiring passion in individuals and organizations to take action toward a far more sustainable future. EarthX mentioned it envisions becoming the major international connector and environmental forum, utilizing its 3 assets of expo, film, and Television in moving forward.

The Expo is a big annual public occasion held about Earth Day in April that celebrates progress, hope, and innovation. It has come to be the world’s biggest occasion of its sort, bringing with each other environmental organizations, firms, academic institutions, government agencies, interactive programming and topic matter professionals, music, art, and meals.

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