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Hundreds of new ClimateWatchers in the Pilbara

Hundreds of children are enthralled in observing their backyard environments after Earthwatch Australia took to the Pilbara at the start of June in search of local ClimateWatchers.

A group of students exploring the Pannawonica Trail
A group of students exploring the Pannawonica Trail.

In celebration of World Environment Day (5 June), ClimateWatch trails were launched in Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Tom Price and Wickham with the help of the Rio Tinto environment and communities' teams, and local primary schools.

Rich Weatherill, Program Manager, ClimateWatch said the trails will help educate children and their families to understand the value of native plants and animals and contribute data to a national program monitoring the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

“The trails have been developed in consultation with Rio Tinto environmental advisors and the schools. Plants and animals that are easy to identify and can be found across the Pilbara are included,” he said.

Rich Weatherill (Earthwatch), Cassie Sedgeman (Rio Tinto Environment Advisor) 
and Kris Starcevich (Rio Tinto Community Officer) planning the trail at Tom Price.

The new trails provide the community with the opportunity to learn and engage with their local environment and Rio Tinto's sustainable development strategies.