Be part of the solution to fight climate change

Friday 20 September, 2019

Parks Victoria is urging community members to be part of the climate change solution and learn about their local environment by taking their smartphones into parks during Biodiversity Month (September) and participating in ClimateWatch, a citizen science program helping to shape Australia’s scientific response to climate change.

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch Institute with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals.

People can record specific animals and plants they see in parks using the ClimateWatch App, or online via the website www.climatewatch.org.au.

Parks Victoria has been working with Earthwatch Institute to establish ‘ClimateWatch Trails’ in a number of parks across the state to record the seasonal behaviour of species in consistent locations. During September and October, a dedicated ClimateWatch Project Officer will lead a series of guided walks on these trails, giving participants training and the chance to meet like-minded people. Registrations for the ClimateWatch Guided Trail Walks are available at www.climatewatch.org.au/news/climatewatch-guided-trail-walks-1.

There are four easy steps:

  1. Download the free ClimateWatch app or register online
  2. Familiarise yourself with the indicator species www.climatewatch.org.au/species
  1. Head to a ClimateWatch Trail near you
  2. Record what you see!

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity.

 

Quotes attributed to James Adams, Education and Interpretation Officer, Parks Victoria:

“Parks Victoria is committed to protecting and conserving environmental values so has partnered with Earthwatch Institute to help gather important information about the effects of climate change.”

“ClimateWatch brings together park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the community with climate change scientists to tackle the climate change emergency.”

“Plants and animals need to adapt to survive the changes in Victoria’s rainfall and temperature driven by climate change. They adapt by altering where they live, feed and their phenology (the time of year that they flower, fruit, migrate or breed). ClimateWatch provides critical information to understand how species behaviours might be changing over time.”

Quotes attributed to Nadiah Roslan, ClimateWatch Program Manager, Earthwatch Institute:

“ClimateWatch users can record the location and seasonal behaviour for over 150 marine and terrestrial species through the ClimateWatch website and app.”

“Anybody can participate in ClimateWatch – the largest citizen science phenology program in the Southern Hemisphere. Sightings can be made anywhere, anytime.”


Media enquiries

Stephanie Zilles

(03) 8427 3466 Mobile: 0498 007 891

stephanie.zilles@parks.vic.gov.au

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