Earthwatch Mission and Values

Earthwatch Mission and Values

Our Mission

Earthwatch engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. 

We engage people worldwide

We work from several offices, located in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. We work with the general public, scientists, communities, educators, students, and corporate fellows. Our projects take place in more than forty countries around the globe.

We enable scientific field research

Together with leading scientists, we create impactful field research experiences that facilitate and disseminate world-class scientific research. We measure our success through outcomes such as peer-reviewed publications produced by our researchers and our outreach events that engage wider audiences with our work.

We promote education

We provide transformational learning experiences that promote environmentally sustainable action. We work with educators to help them bring their experiences back to the classroom to foster new generations of environmental leaders.

We create a sustainable environment

We work with businesses and nonprofit organizations. We enable them to implement sustainable policies, processes, and practices that promote environmental responsibility both in and out of the office.

We work to sustain wildlife populations and to improve the quality and quantity of habitats and ecosystems. We work to preserve our cultural heritage and improve livelihoods worldwide.

We make a tangible and significant contribution to conventions, agendas, management plans, development plans, and government policies. We do this regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Our Values


We believe it is essential that people participate in solving the environmental challenges we face.


We assure that independent research is at the core of our work and that its outcomes determine our goals and priorities.


We are passionate about the opportunity we have to make a meaningful impact on people and the planet.


We seek to inspire people, businesses, and communities with experiences, knowledge, and tools that enable them to take action.


We act in a manner that respects and protects the well-being of people and the environment, including our staff, researchers, volunteers, and the places we work.


For over 40 years Earthwatch has focused its research on critical environmental issues. Through your hard work and support you can help
us understand a rapidly changing world, and also protect it.

  • Earthwatch supports scientific research on wildlife and ecosystems, ocean health, climate change, and archaeology and culture.

“Earthwatch Expeditions provide a unique experience for Alcoa employees from around the world to work together with real scientists on meaningful environmental projects in our key regions and then bring their learnings back to their colleagues and communities. Our partnership with Earthwatch Institute is a compelling way to engage our people and advance our goals around the environment and education.”

Paula Davis
President of Alcoa Foundation and Vice President of Alcoa

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