Why Does it Matter
From biodiversity and food supply to the livelihoods of millions, so much depends on our oceans.
However, the health of our oceans is declining with rising sea surface temperatures and acidification, overfishing, coral bleaching events, and marine plastic pollution. The combined impact of these problems is shifting our ocean ecosystems into unrecognisable states.
Earthwatch is making strides towards tackling several of these problems. Our work focuses on:
Plastics waste management through community solutions
Addressing data gaps
Upskilling Indigenous Rangers
Piloting circular economy initiatives
Educating stakeholders and community
Exploring plastic offsetting and market-based mechanisms
Up-skill your staff
Develop informed and responsive strategies, policies and practices to manage plastics in your business. Our hands-on, immersive in-field experiences, transform corporate employees into citizen scientists and develop informed responses on how plastic pollution and management issues and mega trends affect business now and into the future.
Australian Microplastics Assessment Project (AUSMAP)
In partnership with AUSMAP, participants collect data, raise awareness and work with stakeholders on solutions to microplastic pollution around Australia. Our Chief Scientist Scott Wilson is the Research Director for AUSMAP, and is also involved in other projects relating to the impacts of plastics, rubber crumb and synthetic turf fields into aquatic environments. Dr Wilson is also a member of the Global Plastics Treaty Working Group.
Working with Dr Denise Hardesty and Professor Steve Smith, Earthwatch is involved in research programs exploring plastic waste in Australia and around the world.
You can get involved through our many projects aimed at conserving key areas and furthering research.
Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef
Mitsubishi Corporation and the Australian Institute of Marine Science work to fill knowledge gaps that will help reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions.
This will support the Great Barrier Reef’s recovery, and the recovery of reefs around the world.
Protecting the Reefs Coastal Frontier
The Earthwatch Student Challenge is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a select number of Year 10 - 12 students to experience environmental research first hand. In this Challenge, students help researchers understand how mangrove forests respond to severe flood events and develop strategies to protect and enhance these coastal habitats into the future.
Our Marine Programs
Wetlands not Wastelands
In partnership with Coca Cola Australia Foundation, the Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, and Plastic Collective, Earthwatch provides training to 20 CLCAC Indigenous Land and Environment Rangers and 30 community volunteers to help deliver a first-of-its-kind marine pollution and wetland management program in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria.