Whether you are back from an expedition and want to do more, or interested in lending a hand, there is more you can do for the planet, for yourself and for Biosphere Expeditions. Here’s how:

The undeniable crisis our planet is in demands more action and activism. It demands a radical rethink of how we run our lives, societies and the way we treat our planet.

Our 20 tips on how to be (radically) green go from the light green of what we should all do as a bare minimum, to the dark green rejection of neoliberalism and the fallacy of endless growth, to joining the revolution that is gathering pace as we speak.

Because sitting on our hands is simply not an option any more. We have a duty to act if we want to be able to look our grandchildren in the eyes. On our 20th anniversary in 2019, Biosphere Expeditions joined the revolution and became more activist for the sake of our planet. Be on the right side of this revolution and join us now!

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Help us to help wildlife and people across the world by spreading the word. Word of mouth is by far the best way to get people excited. Talk to your family, friends, and colleagues about your experience and encourage them to join in too.

Social media

Share your experience, comments, pictures, videos on your social media and ours (see which sites we're on). This really does help to spread the word about us and our conservation work.

Testimonials

Independent reviews are very important for us, not just for those thinking about joining an expedition, but also for our staff, scientists and partners who draw great motivation and encouragement from them. So we would be very grateful if you could write a review on the Facebook review page and/or on GreatNonProfits.

On the Facebook review page, it's just a question of signing into your account (if you have one) and copying/pasting your comment, so this should only take a few seconds.

On GreatNonProfits you can sign in with Facebook too or you need to create an account before your review is posted. If you could add a profile picture of yourself (and perhaps some expedition pictures or videos) with the review, that would make it even more authentic. Have a look what other people have done already.

Hold events & talks

Host an event for us in your neck of the woods, or give a presentation. Examples include holding a drinks reception in a local pub, a dinner party at your home, a talk/presentation at your local wildlife or conservation society, a get-together at your professional organisation or club, or anything else you can think of. We can send you support materials such as presentations, as well as postcards and brochures that you can hand out at your event. In addition, a staff member of Biosphere Expeditions may be able to attend with enough prior notice.

Please contact us for further details and help with organising an event.

pdf Example of a talk held in London by two former team members 2.74 Mb 

pdf Example of a talk held in Scotland by a former expedition team member 386.78 Kb 

pdf Example of a drinks reception held in Melbourne (Australia) by a former expedition team member  252.72 Kb 

pdf Example of a talk held in Berlin by a former expedition team member 18.30 Kb 

David

My name is David Warnock.  I was inspired by the Biosphere Expeditions snow leopard project in the Altai, and decided to give a talk in my local church hall in Callander, Scotland. Not only did I have the chance to share my expedition photos and re-live the experience, but I also managed to educate people about conservation, raise money for the Snow Leopard Trust and deliver key messages about the need to take climate change and other environmental issues seriously.

Katie Bunting

I'm Katie Bunting, a veteran of four expeditions and also a Friend of Biosphere Expeditions. I have helped with media activities and most recently organised an event in London for people interested in joining an expedition or for those already signed up who wanted to get some further information of what to expect. I organised it with a fellow expedition team member Steffan Stringer and we spoke about our experiences on different projects with Biosphere Expeditions.

Work with your local media

Local newspapers and radio stations are always looking for new stories, and they are very likely to want to hear about your experiences. Biosphere Expeditions has an extensive storage of high resolution photos and broadcast quality HD films, so please contact us if you need pictures or film clips to illustrate your story or if you would like help with your press release or media work.

pdf Tips on how to write a press release & sample press release 80.82 Kb

 pdf Example of a newspaper article initiated by David Warnock (from the UK), an expedition team member returning home from the Altai snow leopard expedition 2.93 Mb

pdf Example of a magazine article about expedition team member Rasha Skybey (from Australia) and her Oman expedition experience 7.73 Mb 

pdf Example of a short mention of expedition team member Mike Mitchell (from the USA) and his Namibia expedition experience in the Denver Post 368.01 Kb

pdf Example of a magazine article about expedition team member Sven Strohschein (from Germany) and his Azores expedition experience 1.33 Mb

pdf Example of a newspaper article about expedition team member Andreas Odey (from Germany) and his Musandam expedition experience 574.55 Kb

Jane

My name is Jane Orton and I am a freelance travel writer, conservation enthusiast and occasional intrepid explorer! I have supported Biosphere Expeditions’ efforts by writing articles on the Altai and Peru expeditions for an online magazine. This was a great way to generate publicity for Biosphere Expeditions and it also helped me – I am now trying to establish myself as a freelance travel writer and having these publications to put on my CV has been a real plus.

Sven Strohschein

My name is Sven Strohschein and I am from Hamburg in Germany. It was and is a great experience to be part of Biosphere Expeditions, even if it is 'only' as a Friend or an expedition team member. My memories include being woken up by elephants browsing trees just a metre away from where I was sleeping, witnessing a lion hunt in the middle of the night and talking to local people, discussing their problems face-to-face, all in a way you normally just see on television! Each time I join a Biosphere Expeditions team in the field it is definitely an all-time experience for me and I am very happy and proud to also support their work through my membership of the Friends and by helping with media enquiries in Germany.

Rasha

My name is Rasha Skybey, and I’m from Australia. Following the Oman expedition, I drafted a little story on my experience which was published on the Biosphere Expeditions website, magazine and e-newsletter.  While on this expedition I filmed our memorable moments on my video camera which also ended up on the website and You Tube. After the 2009 Namibia expedition I was interviewed for an article regarding overseas volunteering by a national woman’s magazine. I was also able to share my experiences through a live radio and television interview for a local community radio and television station.

Blogs

Are you a blogger? If so, why not create a blog about Biosphere Expeditions and/or your expedition experience and link it through to us. This will also help to get the word out there. If you do create a blog, make sure you let us know about it, so we can link back to you. Example blog

Picture & video sharing sites 

Videos and pictures work really well in getting people's attention. If you are putting your expedition pictures or videos on a sharing site such as Instagram or YouTube, then please also make sure you link through to us or tag your pictures to Biosphere Expeditions as this will also help to spread the word. 

Video diaries

We would like to build up a library of expedition team members personal video diaries. A couple of examples are below and we would like to have your entry too. There are no limits to your creativity other than we ask that your final cut is no longer than 6 minutes.

Each year, we'll also award a small prize to the best video diary of the year.

Please join in, get in touch and let us have your very own video diary too. 

Watch more video diaries on youTube

We always need people with skills who can help us out. Examples are skills in the outdoors, accounting, graphic design, IT, social media, research, etc.

Below are some examples of what people have done to inspire you, as well as a list of projects that we need help with and that you can do from the comfort of your home. Please tell us what inspires you and what you can help with.

Examples

pdf Example of a leaflet designed by Frances Greig, who volunteered her graphic design skills 2.7 Mb

Alan Hoffberg

My name is Alan Hoffberg and I first joined Biosphere Expeditions in 2003 on an expedition to the Peru Amazon. Now residing in Florida and a retired multi-skilled businessperson by trade, I have helped Biosphere Expeditions ever since in North America by contributing my time and skills in multiple ways. For example, I obtained the United States government 501(c)(3) non-profit/charitable status for the organisation and, wearing my trained accountant hat, maintain the accounting records and financial reporting for the North America operations. I have also done several interviews with the North American press when they wanted to talk to a former expedition team member.

Jan Biekehoer

My name is Jan Biekehoer from Germany and my day job is with German VOX TV producing wildlife-related shows as an executive producer in the natural history unit. I came across Biosphere Expeditions as part of my job and then went on filming their expeditions in Namibia and Oman. I was so impressed with Biosphere’s approach and philosophy that I volunteered my skills in movie production and PR and I am now happily helping them out in just that. It’s a great way for me to stay connected with wildlife-related issues in the field and put my skills to good use for a good cause.

Kent Atkinson

I am Ken Atkinson (left), Australian by birth, but now living in Dubai. I joined Biosphere Expeditions' Musandam coral reef dive project and then simply offered my services as a PADI Instructor and dive centre owner in Dubai to train up Biosphere Expeditions staff to become Divemasters for free. The rest is history, as they say ;)

Gemma Hunneyball

I am Gemma Hunneyball, biologist and full-time mother, helping out from home in Australia with reviewing expedition reports in my spare time.

Home projects

Task: Organise a small-scale get-together in your local area, for past expedition participants and members of the public interested in finding out more about Biosphere Expeditions. If you are interested in this, we have a 'manual' based on the experiences of past events to this type to guide you through the simple process.

Location: In your area

Duration: A few hours to organise


Task: Are you a PR or marketing professional? If so, we would love to hear from you to support our efforts. Support in the native English- & German-speaking countries is especially welcome, but also support anywhere else in the world.

Location: Remotely from your home or work place

Duration: Open


Task: We are looking for volunteer accountants in Australia, Ireland and the USA who are able to prepare accounts in statutory format and submit tax returns. We have volunteer accountants in the UK and Germany, who could talk to those interested in this volunteering task and explain what is involved.

Location: Remotely from your home or work place, meeting with Biosphere Expeditions staff once a year

Duration: 1-2 days per annum


Task: Does your employer have a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme? Has your employer part-funded your expedition participation in the past? Does your employer support employee development? Find out and get in touch with your local office so that we can spread the conservation and sustainability message in your neck of the woods too.

Location: Norwich or remotely from your home

Duration: No set duration


Task: Analysis of all social media (Twitter, Facebook etc) of  Biosphere Expeditions’ partners, affiliates etc to determine the level of reciprocation. Biosphere Expeditions will use the data gathered to encourage reciprocation.

Location: Norwich or remotely from your home

Duration: 2-5 days


Task: Database analysis & creating Excel macros for data truncation, bootstrapping and analysis.

Location: Norwich or remotely from your home

Duration: 2-5 days


Task: Searching the internet and other resources for grant-giving and other bodies who can support Biosphere Expeditions & working with Biosphere Expeditions staff to develop & progress such opportunities.

Location: Remotely from your home

Duration: Ongoing & open, but longer-term

The Friends of Biosphere Expeditions are people who feel passionate about providing continuous support to our wildlife conservation and research projects across the globe. By joining the Friends you can play a vital part in making a real difference to the survival of our planet’s endangered species. 

More on the Friends and how to join

Locally

Volunteer at your local nature park or reserve and help support organisations that look after our wild places. Many organisations will train volunteers to undertake physical work such as scrub removal or tree planting, as well as organising surveys of different species, so go along to your local nature organisations and see if you can take part in some invasive plant removal or a butterfly survey, or help count frogs, birds or a myriad of other species.

Abroad

Combining conservation with your holiday is a growing trend. Combining some time away from work or domestic chores with a great outdoors experience is good for our mental health as well as the environment. NGOs such as Blue Ventures, Operation Wallacea and Biosphere Expeditions organise trips to many places around the world in support of scientists working in remote and challenging places so that you can work alongside them and help them out in the field. Remember not to fly, if at all possible, or, if you have to, make your flight really count!

And whatever you do, make sure you do not join a charlatan project! Read our Top Ten Tips on how to avoid those.

 

You can also support Biosphere Expeditions through the affiliates network below. Whatever the affiliate and our arrangement with them, commissions and perks gained from you using their services will always be ploughed back into our research and conservation work and to benefit our local partners wherever possible.

Go to Affiliates