After attending the Earthwatch annual debate in 2016, Joe Witt was inspired to book an expedition to Borneo to experience an Earthwatch project for himself and signed up to the Teen Team trip to study climate and landscape change in Borneo's rainforests “The trip to Borneo was life changing for me.” said Joe.
“It had a big impact on me as an individual as well as on my career choices.”
Joe was joined on the expedition by Bertie Thomas, a youth member of the Royal Geographical Society, and George Strainge who noted:
“The themes of land use change and climate change were relevant to what I wanted to learn at university, and Borneo’s rainforest was somewhere I had always wanted to go”.
All three went on to study Geography degrees at University, with a common theme of climate change being apparent. During his studies at Durham University, Joe surveyed glacier retreat in Iceland as well as leading his own expedition to climb Kilimanjaro. Joe has now started a Masters at King's College London in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy
George’s interest went on to focus on hydrology, leading him to create his undergraduate dissertation on the environmental threats being faced by the Brisbane Basin in Queensland, Australia. He plans to continue exploring Australia’s ecosystems and study for a Masters in Water Policy and Management post-Covid.
Bertie is completing his final year of his degree with his dissertation exploring climate change's impact on rockfall and glacier tourism in Italy and is then planning to do a Masters in international relations.