Our environment is facing hugely complex challenges, including declining biodiversity, air pollution and climate change. But we can’t find effective solutions until we understand those complexities.
That’s why Earthwatch is aiming to recruit up to 100,000 volunteers – or ‘Earthwatchers’ – from across the UK and Europe, who will collect scientific data about what’s happening to our natural resources.
The data our Earthwatchers collect will fill several scientific knowledge gaps, to:
- Help identify which environmental solutions will have the biggest impact
- Help identify how changes at a local level can be scaled up to inform global change
- Indicate where action is most urgently needed.
Anyone can take part, and we offer plenty of guidance on what you’ll need to do when you register.
Most of the projects you can get involved with through Earthwatchers involve citizen science – where members of the public, who don’t necessarily have specialist training, help gather and analyse scientific data.
Citizen science is a great way for people from all walks of life to come together, connect with nature, learn about science and make a real difference to the environment. It can empower people to join the debate about the way we manage our natural resources and make change happen in their own lives.
At Earthwatch Europe we’re proud to be at the forefront of the global citizen science movement, developing and sharing best practice for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.