We're all about empowering people to take action in key areas where we can have the most impact: keeping ahead of climate change, saving the reef and oceans, restoring our iconic landscapes and protecting our unique wildlife.

Central to our approach is the use of citizen science, where people gather data to generate environmental insights, inform future policy and motivate long-term behaviour change.

Vision

Working together to create a society that lives in balance with nature

In just 50 years we have lost over half of our wildlife and we have as little as 12 years to limit the impacts of climate change.

Collaboration between governments, policy-makers, businesses, educators, students, and scientists is essential if we are to tackle these complex challenges.

Earthwatch makes this happen using a blend of science and engagement. Our transformational learning experiences educate and inspire action to halt environmental decline.

Mission

To empower people to save the natural world

Empowering people to action for the environment is at the heart of what we do. We are building on half a century of bringing people, science and nature together to create robust scientific knowledge. We are focused on key challenges where we can make the most difference.

Around the world, our vibrant Earthwatch community inspires and drives positive change through individual and collective action, creating a more sustainable future and advancing scientific knowledge.

The changes we all make in our homes, our workplaces and our communities, along with contributions to scientific research, combine to make a global impact.

History

Since our journey began, Earthwatch has supported world-class research on our expeditions in some of the wildest places on Earth.

Starting from our roots as Educational Expeditions International in 1971, when four scientists from the Smithsonian Institution led volunteers to study volcanoes worldwide. Earthwatch has changed the hearts and minds of many and driven positive change across the globe all for the benefit of our precious and only planet.

Highlights

1971
The first expedition takes place in Ethiopia’s Amaro Mountains and Educational Expeditions International becomes an international funder of scientific field research

1975
Earthwatch launches its first teacher program

1982
Earthwatch Australia is founded, initially located in Sydney later moving to Melbourne

1989
The Earthwatch Student Challenge Program begins and Earthwatch Europe is founded in Oxford, UK

1996
Earthwatch Japan is founded in Tokyo

2007
Earthwatch begins the largest-ever employee engagement program focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility

2009
Earthwatch Australia receives the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian Environmentalist of the Year, for outstanding achievement at a national and international level

2011
Earthwatch celebrates its 40th anniversary, having invested in more than thousands of conservation research projects in over 120 countries engaging more than 100,000 people who have contributed millions of hours of data collection globally.