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5 things to take away from the Edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

by Kate Culverwell, Development Coordinator

On 8 and 9 March 2022, members of the Earthwatch Europe Corporate Development and Earthwatch Learning teams attended the Edie Sustainability Leaders Forum to connect with international corporate leaders, sustainability experts, government representatives, investors and non-governmental organization to turn ambition into action around the climate crisis. Here are five things that stuck with them.

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FreshWater Watch: inspiring and engaging communities in Sierra Leone

FreshWater Watch is a citizen science initiative created by Earthwatch Europe to monitor the water quality of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands across the world. Citizen scientists who volunteer with FreshWater Watch use a standardised methodology to ensure they record robust and meaningful data. One of the places this project is making a real difference for water and people is in the Rokel River basin in Sierra Leone.

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Tiny Forest & science education: how children benefit from learning outdoors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became evident to many people what researchers have studied for years: contact with nature is vital to our mental and physical wellbeing. But what about the role of nature in child development? Is outdoor learning beneficial for school children? Can taking a science class outside improve pupils’ academic performance?

We discuss the research that shows the positive impact learning outdoors can have on children. We also share advice for educators keen to take learning outside, ensuring their students can benefit from nature. 

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Hear from our Earthwatch Learning associates: Alex Base

Earthwatch Learning is Earthwatch Europe’s initiative working with business partners to provide transformational learning for their employees, grounded in immersive experiences and dynamic learning techniques.

The programme is delivered with support from our Earthwatch Learning associates. Alex Base is one of these associates. He is the founder of Innernature, which focuses on leadership, sustainability, coaching and consultancy. He is the Head Tutor of Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Alex is also an associate of Motive, an organisation purpose and sustainability consultancy.

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