Earthwatch attends National Australia Bank (NAB) Environment Expo
Earthwatch staff recently attended the National Australia Bank (NAB) Environment Expo to help raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on business and communities, helping to exemplify the ways in which each one of us can reduce our environmental impact.
Members of the Docklands community and NAB staff were invited to attend the expo, reaching thousands of people with ideas, education and awareness of environmental products and services.
The one-day Expo took guests on a journey to help them work out their ecological footprint and what they can do at work, at home and in the community to reduce their impact. Over the course of the day, guests were given the opportunity to listen to and meet influential environmental leaders.
The Expo brought together some of Australia's leading companies including Earthwatch, Origin Energy and Qantas who are helping the bank achieve its carbon neutral goal and working with the organisation to assist the bank's employees achieve their own environmental aspirations.
Earthwatch expeditions gave guests the option of using their time away from work as an opportunity to travel to remote locations to help scientists collect valuable data, contributing directly towards conservation, management plans or the protection of endangered species. The expeditions presented an opportunity to get out into the field to learn about the indirect impact of their office-based and home-based decisions and to raise awareness of the bigger picture that affects us all.
Many were thrilled at the prospect of joining one of Earthwatch's volunteering expeditions, seeing it as a fulfilling experience and a green alternative to travel as opposed to the normal luxury holiday. Guests were fascinated and enlightened by the hands-on approach to conservational science that Earthwatch has on offer.
Australian Horticulturalist and leading Landscape Designer Jamie Durie and Collingwood Football Club player Shane Wakelin were guest speakers on the day.
To learn more about NAB’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by September 2010 and the launch of their first Carbon Neutral Progress Report visit http://www.nab.com.au/