About Citizen Science
Citizen science is a very popular field of public engagement in scientific research, especially related to environment and climate change. Almost anyone can help contribute to citizen science projects across the world by taking pictures, measurements, and data about our environment and it includes air, water, soil, temperature, and images of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Your data contributions help scientists, researchers, and environment enthusiasts to generate data-backed research and stories about our impact on climate and environment. You can find more about citizen science here,
- Wikipedia : Citizen Science
- Citizen Science Association
- Science Starter
- Public Lab
There are many more such cool projects all across the world. According to most recent research, there are approximately "between 1.36 million and 2.28 million people volunteer annually in the 388 projects we surveyed, though variation is great" and that "the range of in-kind contribution of the volunteerism in our 388 citizen science projects as between $667 million to $2.5 billion annually."(Theobald et al. 2015)
Why do your contributions matter to us?
The Living Planet Report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF, 2018) states that the world has seen a “60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years”. The current rate of decline in the wildlife population is the “worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago” (Doyle, 2019). The root cause of this tragedy is that “99 percent of currently threatened wildlife species are at risk due to human activities” (Dublin, 2019). The primary cause for wildlife extinction is in fact “human communities” (Van Dooren, 2014).
In November 2019, the European Parliament voted to declare a “climate emergency” (Rankin, 2019) on the backdrop of 11,258 scientists across 153 countries publishing a report that warned the planet faces “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency” (Freedman, 2019). Even today, if we look deeply and with empathy to the current coronavirus crisis, we will find one of the root causes is the unethical treatment of wildlife animals in a wet market (Vox, 2020).
If you went around your neighborhood and talked to people about the health of wildlife species in and around your neighborhood, very few will have an exact estimate or have access to the facts that we shared above. Wildlife, flora, and fauna are extremely important for us, our families, and our civilization because they help maintain a healthy ecological balance on Earth. Each living organism has a place in the food chain that contributes to the overall ecosystem. However, the natural habitat for wildlife has been adversely affected by the rapid human urbanization and there are very few avenues in modern life for us to actively engage and contribute with such issues in our day to day lives.
Hence, we started this initiative to bring forward the conversation of climate change and the environment back to the mainstream discussions. We want your data contributions for the sake of our environment and climate and we will create a platform where your data and voice will find a homely place.
How can you contribute?
Reach out to your neighborhood, school, university, or network of friends, connect to a citizen science organization near you!
If you can't find one, then reach out to us, work with us, take our code and start customizing and building a community of environment-conscious citizens near your home. To protect and preserve the only planet we know as our home, we need all hands on deck!
- Dublin, H. (2019, March 12). Endangered species. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/science/endangered-species
- Freedman, A. (2019, November 5). More than 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a 'climate emergency'. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/05/more-than-scientists-around-world-declare-climate-emergency/
- J. Theobald; A. K. Ettinger; H. K. Burgess; L. B. DeBey; N. R. Schmidt; H. E. Froehlich; C. Wagner; J. HilleRisLambers; J. Tewksbury; M. A. Harsch; J. K. Parrish (1 January 2015). "Global change and local solutions: Tapping the unrealized potential of citizen science for biodiversity research". Biological Conservation . 181 (2015): 236–244. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.10.021.
- Rankin, J. (2019, November 28). 'Our house is on fire': EU parliament declares climate emergency. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/28/eu-parliament-declares-climate-emergency
- Rice, Doyle. “These Species Went Extinct in 2018. More May Be Doomed to Follow in 2019.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 13 Aug. 2019, www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/12/31/extinct-species-these-animals-were-lost-forever-2018/2450121002/
- Van Dooren, T. (2014). Flight ways: Life and loss at the edge of extinction. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Vox. “How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus.” YouTube video, 08:48. March 06, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpoJGYlW54
- World Wildlife Fund. (2018). Living Planet Report–2018: Aiming higher.