About Earthwatchers

Earthwatchers are volunteers who take part in scientific research projects to help the environment.

We can’t tackle the biggest problems facing our planet without understanding them. The events of recent years have underlined the importance of science, data and members of the public working together to find solutions to the challenges we face.

Earthwatcher projects look at a range of issues, from identifying the most effective locations for tree planting initiatives to understanding how plastic pollution travels to our oceans. They are scientific projects that are designed to be enjoyable, rewarding, and fill key gaps in the data available to researchers around the world.

Anyone can take part, and we offer plenty of guidance on what you’ll need to do when you register as an Earthwatcher. Take a look at our projects to see what you can get involved with at the moment.

Citizen science

Most of the projects you can get involved with through Earthwatchers involve citizen science – where members of the public, who don’t necessarily have specialist training, help gather and analyse scientific data.

Citizen science is a great way for people from all walks of life to come together, connect with nature, learn about science and make a real difference to the environment. It can empower people to join the debate about the way we manage our natural resources and make change happen in their own lives.

At Earthwatch Europe we’re proud to be at the forefront of the global citizen science movement, developing and sharing best practice for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.

About Earthwatch Europe

Earthwatch is an environmental charity with science at its heart.

We drive the change needed to live within our means and in balance with nature. We do this by:

  • connecting people with the natural world
  • monitoring the health of our natural resources
  • informing the actions that will have the greatest positive impact.

Earthwatch is an Independent Research Organisation, and we use science to better understand and find solutions to the environmental challenges we face.

We are leaders in, and passionate advocates of, citizen science, where interested members of the public are engaged and trained to support scientific projects.

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