Ways to get involved
First, fill out our typeform to let us know what interests and areas of knowledge you have. This will help us find the right opportunities for you to get involved. Then, once you’ve done that…
Join our slack! Here you will find hundreds of new allies and colleagues in our shared campaign to regenerate the planet. In this open forum you can…
Share something you’re excited about, like an organization, a publication, or a dataset.
Solicit help with something you’re working on, like an event, some code you’re developing, or a paper you’re writing. Or maybe you want to pull together a group to learn about and discuss a particular topic. If you’re working toward ecological regeneration, we’ll try to help you make connections.
Stay current with what’s happening in the Earthshot community, including events, seminar series, and learning circles.
Join or pitch a learning circle! Learning circles bring together community members who are interested in thinking together about a field related to planetary regeneration. If you’d like to organize a learning circle, you can send out a message to #general or, if you’d like more support and structure, let us know, and we’ll help!
Calls to action! Earthshot Institute calls to action are opportunities for engagement in citizen science projects that need the attention of lots of people on short notice. They do not require the specialized skills or the level of commitment that are needed to join a lab, yet they present opportunities to contribute to real, meaningful, and potentially impactful science. Calls to action will be posted in #general on our slack and via our emailed newsletter.
Join a lab! At the heart of The Earthshot Institute are labs that bring together scientists, technologists, and organizers to work together on well-defined problems that stand in the way of ecological regeneration. Labs need lots of different kinds of people with many different areas of knowledge. You can browse our current labs here. And for more information on what you’ll be committing to, read here.
Pitch a lab! If you have 1. a scientific question or technological need which, if addressed, will catalyze regeneration, 2. a plan to reach a well-defined benchmark goal in less than nine months, and 3. an idea of the areas of knowledge you’ll need to execute your plan, then let us know. We are excited to work with you!
More about Earthshot Institute Labs
Each Earthshot Institute Lab is formed around a scientific problem or technological need that stands in the way of ecological regeneration at scale. In an organized and collaborative process that begins with an Earthshot Institute event and continues on this website, prospective Lab Leaders pitch their ideas to the Earthshot Institute community of nearly 2,000 diversely talented members who are eager to play a role in addressing our planetary crisis. Lab Leaders identify the skills they think they’ll need to tackle their problem, community members enroll to meet the Lab's needs, and work begins.
The first three to six weeks of lab work consist of a collaborative review of existing scientific literature and other sources of understanding of the specific area under study. At the end of this stage, the lab submits a mini-review to Institute staff, who will circulate the mini-review to members of The Institute’s Academic Council and other experts in relevant fields, ensuring that the lab is aware of all other significant relevant content in their area of work. After completion of this review stage, novel work kicks off in earnest.
Labs will have been selected and designed such that the end-goal or a significant benchmark is attainable in less than nine months of work. As work progresses past the review stage, the Earthshot Institute development team will work with the lab to match the project with funding sources to provide the lab with honoraria.
In the course of the Lab's work, unforeseen challenges may arise. In this case, Labs may return to the broader Earthshot Institute community for input or to bring on new Lab Members. As the Lab closes in it goal, Earthshot Institute staff will engage with the Lab for two purposes. The first is to begin to implement the Lab's theory of change. How can the research findings or the technological developments be publicized or deployed to realize real ecological regeneration on the ground? The Institute will leverage its connections and resources to ensure that the lab’s work finds its most impactful applications. Second, Earthshot Institute staff engages the lab to determine the best path forward for the lab as a team. Should the group disband, freeing members to join new projects? Or should the Institute and its broader community function as an accelerator, finding the most promising path for ongoing and impactful work?
Lab Members commit to:
- One 60 to 90 minute lab meeting, by zoom, each week.
- Five to ten hours per week on asynchronous work. Some lab members have been known to do more, but that is not a requirement.
- Every other week, there is an optional meeting of all current lab members. This meeting takes place on wonder, where you can seek out whomever you would like to engage.
Lab Leaders commit to:
- Each week’s lab meeting.
- Work outside of the meeting to provide the guidance and intellectual input that is needed to move the project forward.
- Every other week, there is an optional meeting of lab leaders.
- The semi-weekly meeting for all current lab members is also open and optional for lab leaders.
The Earthshot Institute commits to:
- Support labs with project management, which includes coordinating meetings and tracking progress as well as action items.
- Facilitate communication between labs and other individuals or organizations in The Earthshot Institute community to address scientific questions or technical needs that may arise in the course of work.
- Work with labs to pair them with sources of funding. All labs start as volunteer projects. However our goal is to match labs with supporters to provide honoraria summing to $8,000 per month.
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all are welcome
We’re so pleased you want to join us in regenerating the planet. Fill out the form below to become part of our community. The form offers multiple pathways with varying completion times.
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joining or pitching a lab
If you are interested in contributing more significantly to the Collaborative Earth community, the form will guide you in providing information about your knowledge areas, skills, and background. Once you submit, you will receive an email to join our slack workspace.
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Can't make the launch? Register for our welcome call ↗
Prepare your tea, beer, or whatever suits your local hour and current mood, and join us via zoom for forty-five minutes of conversation about what’s happening in Collaborative Earth. For those new to the org, we’ll take five minutes to introduce CE and talk about ways to get involved. Then we’ll hear an update from one of our current Lab Leaders—this month, Elliott White Jr, of the Coastal Forested Wetlands Lab! And finally, we’ll make some room to enjoy meeting the diverse and talented individuals coming together to regenerate our places and our planet.
Friday December 8
12pm PST / 3pm EST / 9pm CET
Coastal Wetland Forests
The goal of our lab is to create a high-spatial resolution map of coastal forested wetlands at global scale. If we know precisely where these ecologically critical but fragile forests are located, we can manage freshwater flows to counteract saltwater introgression due to rising sea levels, and we can assist in their migration inland, preserving their critical function in protecting coastlines and sequestering carbon.
Across the continent, a number of first nations are in the process of reintroducing bison to the grasslands in which they were once the primary grazer and an ecologically vital species. Initial experiences and evolutionary considerations suggest that this may be ecologically beneficial in terms of grassland biodiversity, carbon cycle, and resilience to climate change. However, these questions have not yet been studied at scale. In this lab, we will leverage remote sensing to scale up from ground measurements, establishing the large-scale patterns of bison impact.
Beaver dams are known to result in greener, more drought-resilient waterways in semi-arid environments. We are using computer vision to spot dams in satellite imagery, generating a large dataset that we can use to train models that will tell us what the ecological effects of a dam will be at any point on a waterway. The goal is to create a tool to guide efficient restoration through the introduction of small dams.
Bundled Ecological NFT
Markets in voluntary carbon credits are increasingly providing a flow of capital for regenerating ecosystems. The problem is, thriving and resilient ecosystems are not just carbon. We need to find ways to structure credits to incentivize the diverse and functional ecosystems we want, not merely high-concentrations of carbon. We will design the technological tools to support a market in bundled ecological credits.
We are building an accurate and global model for predicting potential rates of reforestation and resulting carbon sequestration. Such a model could have a transformational impact on global reforestation efforts by opening new streams of financing in the form of carbon credit futures.
Impact & Risk
Leveraging The Earthshot Institute’s broad scientific and technical expertise, the Impact and Risk Lab helps investors and governments who earnestly want to forecast, measure, and address the socio-ecological risks to and/or impacts from their work. For a given system, we build simple process-based models to identify key socio-ecological risks and outcomes. We then draw on big data to improve and train our models, generating quantitative predictions and developing measurement systems for verification.
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