At the end of 2019, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF celebrated eight years of the HSBC Water Programme. The partnership aimed to provide and protect water sources and the ecosystems they support, inform and educate communities in need, and enable people to prosper across the world.
In the latter phase of this programme, Earthwatch engaged over 1,800 employees, globally, through the Sustainability Training Programme (STP) – training them to become citizen scientists, collecting data to support our research into Climate-Proof Cities. In the UK and France, research was conducted to better understand the relationship between urban tree management and the ecosystem services trees provide. To do this, the citizen scientists collected and tested soil samples in the field, and sent further samples to labs for more robust testing.
Angie Elwin explains how Vicky Struthers and Nerea Ferrando Jorge, researchers from the University of Reading, use the soil samples collected by HSBC citizen scientists and exactly what happens to the soil in the lab.
Image: Researchers Vicky Struthers (left) and Nerea Ferrando Jorge (right) at the University of Reading who are analysing the soil samples collected on the HSBC Sustainability Training Programme.