WHY IT MATTERS

From biodiversity and food supply to the livelihoods of millions, so much depends on our oceans.

Coral reefs are home to one quarter of all life in the oceans, and they provide humans with immense benefits such as coastal protection, fisheries, and tourism. But the health of our reefs - and our oceans in general - are facing challenges from 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.

WHAT WE ARE DOING 

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living organism on the planet, is facing annihilation due to a culmination of factors including rising see temperatures, disease, acidification, crown of thorns and now macroalgae. In partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation and James Cook University, we are undertaking restoration activities that will provide the first scientifically robust methodology for effective removal of macroalgae from reefs, which can be applied globally.

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Global Marine Debris

Marine debris and plastic pollution has fast become one of the greatest environmental challenges we face. Partnering with Amcor, CSIRO and Southern Cross University, we take Amcor employees on a real life learning experience where they undertake marine debris research around the world. Inspiration for innovation within the business and finding solutions at the manufacture point are a key aim of the project.

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Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution in Bali

Indonesia is the second largest contributor of plastic debris globally, largely driven by lack of access to waste management infrastructure. By joining forces with Plastic Collective, Sea Communities, Southern Cross University and TK Maxx, we have collectively implemented a community-run circular economy solution for Les Village waste management. Members of the public help with monitoring the impact the program is having on plastics in the local environment. 

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