Earthwatch Is 40!
Earthwatch Is 40!
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Earthwatch Is 40!

It all started back in 1971, with a handful of scientists, 39 volunteers, and just four projects. Since then, close to 100,000 of you have joined us in the field, contributing millions of hours to scientific research projects across the planet, and in turn helping us protect our most vulnerable ecosystems, threatened habitats, and endangered species.

Even more of you have supported, and continue to support, our work with your donations —without which, what we do simply wouldn’t be possible.

With your support, we’re able to increase the level of scientific knowledge about key environmental issues. You’ve helped us work with communities and companies to develop sustainable agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, and together we’re inspiring the next generation to become heroes for the planet.

And whether enhancing biodiversity conservation, protecting coastal habitats, understanding and preserving indigenous knowledge systems, or mitigating the effects of climate change, our work to find science-based solutions to the threats that confront our planet has never been more vital.

Earthwatch executive vice president Nigel Winser said, “We have cause to celebrate. This year marks Earthwatch’s 40th anniversary; that’s 40 years of Earthwatchers such as yourself helping us make a positive difference to our world.”


Over 40 years, the influence of Earthwatch, and Earthwatchers, has reached countries and cultures worldwide. There are many highlights. Here are just a few:


Earthwatch is born in Boston, Massachusetts.


Earthwatch scientists help produce one of the largest and most detailed maps of Caribbean coral reefs.


Following extensive work by Earthwatch scientists and volunteers and Tongan villagers, the Pacific sees the largest increase in endangered clam numbers for 20 years.


Solar ovens are built and tested by Earthwatch volunteers and villagers in Indonesia, improving quality of life, reducing deforestation, and curbing the production of carbon dioxide.


Thanks to research carried out by Earthwatch volunteer teams, Kenya’s Lake Elmenteita achieves Protected Area status, ensuring that a habitat used by almost 30 percent of the world’s flamingos will be conserved for years to come.


Earthwatch is honored by Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton as one of the beneficiaries of their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.

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