2020 will mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, and Earth Day Network has plans to make sure Earth Day 2020 is the most diverse global mobilization in defense of the environment in world history. Part of our plans include collaborating with the scientific community for a global citizen science campaign.
The first Earth Day in 1970 brought 20 million people to the streets, marking a major shift in human consciousness, for the first time directly connecting industrial pollution with scientifically provable impacts on human health.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network has been putting environmental data to work, to protect not just our planet but people and animals, too. For Earth Day 2017, Earth Day Network hosted the March For Science, the largest-ever public demonstration in support of science and facts, protesting the politicization of science that threatens to give policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence on climate change.
For Earth Day 2020, Earth Day Network, in partnership with the Wilson Center and the U.S. Department of State, is presenting Earth Challenge 2020, the biggest-ever citizen science campaign, engaging millions of citizens in collecting one billion data points to measure air and water quality, pollution and impacts on human health.
Citizen science volunteers around the world, working with professional scientists, will collect and share earth science data from their local communities on an unprecedented scale, providing us with new insight on the state of our environment.
How will we get this all done? We’ll be working with with Connect4Climate, Conservation X Labs, Hult Prize, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Reset, SciStarter, UN Environment — and others to be announced.
We will host hackathons around the world for Earth Challenge 2020 to help create new hardware and software for gathering and sharing data, including an official Earth Challenge 2020 mobile app. These events will connect Earth Challenge 2020 with existing and emerging citizen science projects, highlighting successes and solutions to challenges.
The initial data collection campaign will launch on April 1, 2020, with the objective of collecting one billion data points by Earth Day on April 22.
We will create a platform of open source data that will live, grow and connect with other global efforts to address our world’s most pressing challenges. For this massive project, we will engage and empower the public every step of the way. Our initiative will include universities, high schools, and other partners in developing low-cost sensors, mobile applications, and web-based models for data analysis and visualization, and a broad and cross-cutting social media effort. By encouraging participants to share stories, videos, photos, and other media, we will build a global movement and community.
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