Earthwatch is 40!
2011 marks our 40th Anniversary. 40 years of engaging people around the world in scientific field research and education. 40 years as a leading light in citizen science.
It all started back in 1971, with a handful of scientists, 39 volunteers, and just four projects. Since then, close to 100,000 of you have joined us in the field, contributing millions of hours to scientific research projects across the planet, and in turn helping us protect our most vulnerable ecosystems, threatened habitats and endangered species.
Even more of you have supported, and continue to support our work with your donations; without which, what we do simply wouldn’t be possible.
Earthwatch supported research offers life-changing learning experiences that develop environmental leaders and inspire future generations.
With your support we’re able to increase the level of scientific knowledge about key environmental issues. You’ve helped us work with communities and companies to develop sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and together we’re inspiring the next generation to become heroes for the planet.
And whether enhancing biodiversity conservation, protecting coastal habitats, understanding and preserving indigenous knowledge systems or mitigating the effects of climate change, our work to find science-based solutions to the threats that confront our planet has never been more vital.
Executive Vice President of Earthwatch, Nigel Winser, said: "We have cause to celebrate. This year marks Earthwatch’s 40th Anniversary; that’s 40 years of Earthwatchers such as yourself helping us make a positive difference to our world."
Join the celebrations
There are already many ways in which you can celebrate with us, but be sure to keep an eye on Earthwatch websites, newsletters and networks for more opportunities to get involved in our Anniversary year:
Making a positive difference
Over 40 years, the influence of Earthwatch, and Earthwatchers, has reached countries and cultures worldwide. There are many highlights. Here are just a few:
||Earthwatch is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
||Earthwatch scientists help produce one of the largest and most detailed maps of Caribbean coral reefs.
||Following extensive work between Earthwatch scientists, volunteers and Tongan villagers, the Pacific sees the largest increase in endangered clam numbers for 20 years.
||Solar ovens are built and tested by Earthwatch volunteers and villagers in Indonesia, improving quality of life, reducing deforestation and curbing the production of carbon dioxide.
||Thanks to research carried out by Earthwatch volunteer teams, Kenya’s Lake Elmenteita achieves Protected Area status, ensuring a habitat used by almost 30 per cent of the world’s flamingos is conserved for years to come.
||Earthwatch is honoured by Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton as recipients of their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.