Anyone can get involved in helping us protect our freshwater resources for the future. Our activities allow everyone to contribute to research as citizen scientists, making a big difference to how we manage water at the local, regional and global level.
Whether you’re an individual, a business, or a community organisation, working with Earthwatch is fun, rewarding and provides the opportunity to have a positive impact on our planet.
FreshWater Watch is a global project which brings communities together to help protect both the quality and supply of fresh water. We train people across the world to monitor and steward their local waterbodies. The resulting data is used to identify the causes of pollution hotspots and to assess the effectiveness of restoration efforts, providing the evidence needed to support action for improving water quality.
FreshWater Watch has had an impressive impact since it began in 2012. More than 9,000 volunteer citizen scientists have collected 22,000 datasets on water quality in total. This data, which is equivalent to over 30,000 hours of research, has contributed to more than 20 scientific publications.
We’re helping over 40 organisations work with local communities to look after their freshwater resources. And we’re working with ten influential businesses, inspiring their employees to become leaders in sustainability.
Find out more about our FreshWater Watch project.
The issue of plastic in the oceans has attracted a lot of attention recently. But the problem starts on our doorstep: most of the harmful plastic in the ocean comes from the rubbish that ends up in our rivers, because of littering and waste mismanagement.
Earthwatch Europe has partnered with Plastic Oceans to confront this problem. Together, we have identified the top ten plastic items that most commonly pollute our rivers. We’re now working to raise awareness of this problem amongst the public, making recommendations for how we can all reduce the amount of plastic we use and improve how we recycle and/or dispose of it.
Businesses which use and produce plastic items also have a crucial role to play. We’ve focused on the important issue of microplastics – tiny particles that can be found in, or created from, many everyday products. We’re now working with businesses to help them reduce the impact that microplastics can have on our rivers and the organisms that rely on them.
Find out more about our Plastic Rivers project.