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Students Take the Earth Challenge

Citizen Scientists Work to Protect the Planet

To honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Challenge 2020 (EC2020) is building the world’s largest ever citizen science campaign. The initiative collaborates with existing citizen science projects and expands opportunities for new projects as part of a larger effort to grow citizen science worldwide. EC2020 combines the power of the individual with today’s technology to gather and share over one billion environmental data points, strengthening the links among science, nature and society.

Students can become citizen scientists that contribute to the global database in our six research areas:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Air Quality
  3. Food Sustainability
  4. Local Impacts of Climate Change
  5. Extent of Plastic Pollution
  6. Insect Populations

This technology allows students and educators to become active participants in global research and access data contributed by our citizen science partners, as well as other citizen scientists, around the world. The app provides information to users on what the information they input means and what they can do about it. Science meets civic action as we uncover the status of environmental health around the world and provide users with opportunities to make a difference in their communities.

Get Involved

Below are some ideas of activities you can do with your students with Earth Challenge 2020:

  • Beta test the Earth Challenge app (Starting September 2019).
  • Host a Teach-In  on one of the research topics.
  • Collect data on one or more of the research questions.
  • Use open source data to enhance your lesson planning or school projects.
  • Use a research question lesson plan (below).

Additional Resources (Coming Soon!)

  • Lesson Plans
  • Teach-In Grab Bags

Share Your Story

We love to hear about the projects you and your audiences work on. Email us at [email protected] with photos, videos, stories and quotes about what you and your students are doing for Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! In your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts use #EarthDay2020 and tag us @EarthDayNetwork.

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