Why It Matters

The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels. A warming planet means rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of weather events (fires, floods, cyclones, droughts), ocean acidification, and species loss, which is putting our health, livelihoods, food security, freshwater supply and economic growth at risk.

The most recent IPCC report stated that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.

But limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society. The next 2-3 years are a critical window when many of the policy and investment decisions that are made will shape the future of our planet.

Earthwatch is working with researchers, corporations and the community to reduce carbon emissions, empower action and improve mitigation and adaptation strategies for the benefit of people and natural ecosystems.

WHAT WE ARE DOING


Protecting Australia’s biodiversity

Climate Change has emerged as the single greatest threat to biodiversity. In partnership with Melbourne University and Bureau of Meteorology, we created the largest phenological study in the southern hemisphere to build a network of citizen scientists across the nation to collect data on our plants and animals that will help shape the country’s response to climate change.

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Valuing our Blue Carbon stocks

Wetlands store 30-40% more carbon than terrestrial systems and therefore are critical ecosystems for mitigating climate change. In partnership with HSBC and Deakin University and Mitsubishi Development and MangroveWatch, we are undertaking two critical research projects to understand the true value of these natural systems.

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Bringing carbon offsetting to life

The Great Barrier Reef is seriously threatened by climate change and poor water quality. Working with Qantas, Green Collar and Jaragun, we engage people in rebuilding wetlands and endangered rainforest to increase carbon storage and filter water before it reaches the reef. The project demonstrates first-hand the benefits of offsetting. 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Why care about climate change?

At Earthwatch, we believe that by working together, we can keep ahead of climate change.