By Dianna Bell, Earthwatch Multimedia Manager
The year was full of environmental turmoil, with the culmination of the dire United Nations’ IPCC climate report presenting a sobering assessment of how the world will respond if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate. But there is hope with Earthwatch. This holiday season, we’re asking folks to take five steps to help us create a more sustainable planet.
At a time when science and conservation funding is being cut, your support is more powerful than ever.
Step 1. Share
Sharing our mission is the first step in making the changes we need to secure a sustainable future. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or right here on our blog to read about the conservation heroes and heroines fighting to save our planet. Help us to further our mission by sharing our 2019 Expedition Guide or our blog post, “Hope and Perseverance in the Face of Climate Despair,” which highlights the ways you can make a difference even with the dire climate change warnings.
Step 2. Connect
Team up with like-minded individuals from around the world by joining Earthwatch’s Ambassador Program. Engage in meaningful conversations around the most important issues facing our planet in our private Facebook group and stay on top of the latest conservation news with our bi-monthly exclusive Ambassador newsletter.
Step 3. Raise
Your gift to Earthwatch supports dozens of scientific research projects studying key issues such as climate change, ocean health, and endangered species. Help us continue to support this critical research by fundraising on behalf of Earthwatch. This year for Giving Tuesday, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations up to $7 million to U.S. nonprofits through Facebook Fundraisers. Start a fundraiser today! (Watch this video to learn how to get started.)
To help us take advantage of this incredible opportunity, we’re excited to announce a contest offered exclusively to Earthwatch Ambassadors. Earthwatch will monitor all fundraisers created on our behalf. The Ambassador who raises the most money will receive a free t-shirt of their choice from the Earthwatch Merchandise shop.
The contest runs through midnight EST on Giving Tuesday. (Not an Ambassador yet? See Step. 2 above or follow this link to join!)
Step 4. Join
While Earthwatch volunteers’ contributions cover around 80% of the research costs for the expeditions, Earthwatch has to raise enough to cover the remaining expenses so that intensive, long-term scientific field research can continue for as long as needed. Help us to reach this goal to ensure we are doing all we can to conserve our shared planet. Choose from one of three Earthwatch Memberships and help us get closer to our goal while earning amazing rewards, including being entered to win a free Earthwatch expedition!
Step 5. Volunteer
Ready to join in on the action and get your hands dirty in the field? Volunteer on one of our 40 research expeditions around the world! Scientists need your help collecting long-term data – from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the seagrass beds of Alaska to Kenya’s Maasai Mara. There’s no shortage of scientific adventures and they’re waiting for you! Check out all of our opportunities in our 2019 Expedition Guide, and when you’re ready to book, head to our website or call one of our qualified expedition advisors who can help you choose the expedition that’s right for you: 1-800-776-0188.
Bonus Step: AmazonSmile
Want to help Earthwatch without even having to think about it? You can earn money for Earthwatch while you shop through AmazonSmile! Your purchases can make a difference. AmazonSmile donates to Earthwatch when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com!
In 2018, thanks to your support, Earthwatch scientists and volunteers conducted over 15,000 hours of climate change research and over 25,000 hours of research on threatened species. These data matter as they inform environmental policies with lasting impacts. In fact, this year alone, Earthwatch scientists helped to establish the world’s first ray sanctuary to protect all ray species within 200 nautical miles off the coast of Belize. Not only that, they secured new marine protections in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica – an important habitat for spotted and bottlenose dolphins as well as a breeding ground for humpback whales.
But that was 2018. With your help, we can accomplish even more in 2019. Thanks for the privilege of your support.