September 26, 2019

Local sustainability fellows inspired to make change

(L-R)Simon Bilsbury and Caitlin Bayliss from Pinjarra Refinery on the Earthwatch expedition
(L-R) Alcoa’s Simon Bilsbury and Caitlin Bayliss travelled to the Pyrenees Mountains to help research climate change as Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows.

‘Doing something, even if it’s small, is better than doing nothing,’ is the message Caitlin Bayliss of Mandurah and Simon Bilsbury of Warnbro are keen to share since returning from a climate change research project in the Pyrenees Mountains of Andorra.

The two were among eight Alcoa employees from around the world selected to take part in the week-long environmental expedition, a partnership between the Earthwatch Institute and the Alcoa Foundation.

The Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows worked alongside professional scientists to study tree growth and condition, birds, small mammals and insects, as well as monitoring wildlife cameras hidden in the woods. The research is designed to help scientists and local organisations better manage the already fragile environment of the Pyrenees and ease the impacts of climate change.

Both Caitlin, a Health and Safety Consultant, and Paul a Process Operator from the company’s Pinjarra Refinery, returned with a new-found appreciation for the importance of implementing environmental solutions wherever possible and educating others.

“We all contribute to climate change, but we also have the power to make changes and better decisions,” Caitlin said.

“It can be as simple as reducing your waste at home by having a compost bin, reducing your meat consumption, sourcing sustainable foods, having a vegetable garden, recycling correctly, choosing products that aren’t wrapped in plastic and reducing your shower time.”

Simon and Caitlin described the experience as unforgettable and inspiring and encourage others to apply.

“It’s an incredible experience travelling to a unique part of the world and being involved in world-changing research that impacts people and our planet,” Caitlin said.

Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker said Alcoa takes its environmental responsibility seriously, which was demonstrated by its listing on the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honour for its excellence in environmental rehabilitation.

Since 2003, 290 Alcoa employees from 24 countries have contributed more than 14,000 hours of research, which Earthwatch uses to inform sustainable solutions.

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