Women’s Institute Members Learn About Climate Change at Wytham Woods
Women’s Institute members from across Oxfordshire paid a visit to Earthwatch’s Europe Regional Climate Centre where they participated in hands-on scientific field research on how temperate forests are responding to climate change.
Richard Sylvester, field director of the Europe Regional Climate Centre, and the Women’s Institute team.
During the course of the three days, nine Women’s Institute participants learned about the challenges and opportunities inherent in climate change and took part in sessions that aimed to stimulate action by helping participants understand the role they can play in their homes to help improve energy efficiency and combat climate change, and also raise awareness of climate change issues within the Women’s Institute.
Acting as research assistants to the scientists, the group was involved in leaf-litter sorting and measuring tree growth, core activities to understanding how fragmented forests are being impacted by changes in the climate.
The Europe Regional Climate Centre is one of five research and learning centers around the world set up under the HSBC Climate Partnership. Earthwatch and HSBC have created a scientific research program which is contributing to global understanding of how climate change is affecting the world’s degraded forest ecosystems. During the program, 2,200 HSBC employees will have been selected to spend one or two weeks at a Regional Climate Centre to take part in this program, which also includes learning sessions on what climate change means for the business and their communities.
Upon completion of the program, Earthwatch will have conducted the largest employee engagement program on climate change.
Earthwatch is looking forward to further engagement with local organizations and community groups like the Women’s Institute.