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April is Citizen Science Month and Earth Day is April 22, 2022!
"Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations" - https://www.citizenscience.org/. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science.
We are also celebrating Earth Day this month on the 22nd!
The library has compiled this guide of resources available in the library and online.
Earth Day Books - print and eBook
Take A Quiz!
Think you know a lot about our Earth — its species, its resources, and its threats?
Find out if you do!
Earth Day - Media
Silent Spring Overview - CBS Sunday Morning
This segment of Sunday Morning is about Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring.
C-Span "Earth Day"
Earth Day-related media from C-Span.
"This program traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America. Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never before seen archival footage, Director Robert Stone examines the revolutionary achievements - and missed opportunities - of a decade of groundbreaking activism. The result is both a poetic meditation on man's complex relationship with nature and a probing analysis of past responses to environmental crisis."
Spotify Earth Day Playlist
If you don't already have an account, you'll need to create one (free) and log in to play the full songs.
Learn more about how you can participate and find a project today!
"Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join a project or event from wherever you are to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you."
The Crowd & The Cloud
"Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are allowing people to become part of a revolutionary, 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations. The results are improving health and welfare, fighting air and water pollution, and giving communities the power to help themselves. THE CROWD & THE CLOUD, a four-part series hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate. Produced by Passport to Knowledge and made possible by The National Science Foundation."
The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 1—Even Big Data Starts Small
"20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. A new project, EyesOnALZ, enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer’s disease. DIY enthusiasts from Public Lab map the BP oil spill with kites, balloons and cameras and continue to watchdog pollution. The crowd, using mobile tech, and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives."
The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 2—Citizens Plus Scientists
"Citizen scientists track air and water pollution at fracking sites in windswept Wyoming and 5 other states, using simple but science-based techniques developed by the “Bucket Brigade.” On idyllic East Coast trout streams, volunteers from Trout Unlimited monitor water quality regularly, generating baseline data that will prove invaluable in the event of future pollution events. Community members connected with professional researchers to tackle Flint’s drinking water crisis and now the same is happening in Philadelphia and other cities. In China, citizens use government data and a unique mobile app to report environmental crimes. When citizens and scientists partner it’s a win-win for all concerned."
The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 3—Viral vs. Virus
"Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data. Local ordinances are changed and everyone breathes easier. Can apps and maps combat globalized diseases in a warming world? Hear stories of citizen science fighting mosquito-borne diseases with apps and crowd-sourced data in Barcelona, Houston and New Orleans. In Kenya, Medic Mobile develops smart but low-cost software to give simple phones powerful capabilities to help community health workers improve maternal and child health."
The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 4—Citizens4Earth
"Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there’s an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science” including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native American teens in springtime in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and horseshoe crabs are surveyed in summer by retirees along mid-Atlantic coasts. In Uganda, World Bank economists and local partners generate data for sustainable development. Learn about the far-ranging potential of “Citizen Science in the Digital Age.”"