Climate change is one of the most urgent and complex issues affecting our society and economy today. In 2005, several events have significantly raised both the global and national UK agenda for climate change action, including the Kyoto Protocol coming into force and the start of the UK's Presidency of G8, in which climate change has been made a centrepiece.
The debate surrounding climate change sets companies the challenge of identifying and prioritising various issues which affect their own activities. Earthwatch is working with businesses in a number of ways to help companies to respond to the issue of climate change:
- Corporate Environmental Responsibility Group (CERG): through CERG Earthwatch aims to act as a link ‘from field research to office' and support bridge building between science and business.
- Supporting research: Around 17 of Earthwatch's scientific research projects are investigating aspects of climate change in locations around the world. We offer companies the opportunity to support existing research, or to work with us to develop directed projects that address key issues of agreed mutual importance.
- Supporting education: Earthwatch are offering businesses the chance to support the development of related educational outreach materials.
- Engaging with Earthwatch: Our experiences with both the scientific and business communities means that Earthwatch can offer companies feedback and support as an informed stakeholder on policies, guidelines and business strategies for climate change.
Corporate Environmental Responsibility Group Annual Seminar
On 8th June 2005, Earthwatch held their Annual Seminar for CERG members which focused on the topic of climate change. The seminar brought together experts in environmental science, climate change regulation and business strategies from a range of sectors to discuss key opportunities and issues for businesses arising from climate change. To read a summary of the day see the CERG events page or to read more about what Earthwatch are doing towards climate change, see our new climate change web page.