A manager from Vodafone UK in Newbury has been using his skills and experience to help Earthwatch.
Mike Chambers, 46, an operations specialist at Vodafone's headquarters, completed a two-month placement at Earthwatch on 19 March. At the charity's offices in Summertown, Oxford, he has been helping Earthwatch to explore ways in which it can develop its carbon management strategy.
The placement came about following the launch of the Vodafone Foundation's World of Difference UK programme in September 2009. From 1100 applicants in the UK, Mike was one of 500 people selected to spend two months working for the charity of their choice.
Mike said: "I chose Earthwatch because I felt it was the right fit. I am interested in environmental and sustainability issues and as a family man with three children, these are issues which are part of our family values."
As well as helping Earthwatch to develop its carbon management strategy, other highlights of his time at Earthwatch were attending Earthwatch events, including the charity's recent lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, Farming and Sustainable Environments.
He also met with Earthwatch scientist Dr Mark Huxham, a world authority on carbon cycling in forests, who runs an Earthwatch project which is restoring mangrove forests in Gazi Bay, Kenya. The project is also collecting data on the use of mangrove forests as carbon sinks.
Mike added: "This was an amazing opportunity to contribute to Earthwatch's environmental work, which is so important today more than ever. I have really enjoyed my time at Earthwatch. The people are so friendly and it has been great working towards a good cause - environmental sustainability."
Mike Chambers joined Earthwatch on a two month placement.
Mike met Dr Mark Huxham who is working to restore mangrove forests in Kenya.