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Green Thumbs Up


by Louise Noone

We are delighted to announce that Earthwatch Institute has been named the winner of the Climate Change Leadership Award in the NSW Government’s 2014 Green Globe Awards for the ClimateWatch program.

A big thank you to all of our fantastic citizen scientists for submitting quality data and sightings that make ClimateWatch such a great success.

The Green Globe Award winners were announced at a ceremony held at NSW Parliament House on 30 October, with Earthwatch Australia CEO David McInnes present to accept the award.

Earthwatch Australia CEO David McInnes accepts the Climate Change Leadership Award for ClimateWatch

Earthwatch CEO Professor David McInnes (right) and Earthwatch board member Megan Flynn receiving their Green Globe Award from Dr Matthew Bell, Co-Judge of the Green Globe Awards and Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young.

The event was hosted by Environment Minister Rob Stokes, who remarked that ‘This year’s winners are leading by example and represent our most environmental-minded companies’.

The 2014 awards received the highest number of nominations in its 15 year history, lifting environmental performance even higher. The 16 award categories recognised outstanding excellence, leadership and innovation in environmental sustainability across NSW. 

Visit to see a full list of the winners and their projects.

ClimateWatch enables everyday people to contribute and connect with the natural environment by recording species all across Australia. Since its launch in 2009, over 15,000 participants have engaged with the ClimateWatch program in recording over 73,000 sightings across Australia.

The data gathered will help our understanding of how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals.

Sign up and start recording your sightings here.