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What is Earth Challenge 2020?

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN), the U.S. Department of State, and The Wilson Center are launching Earth Challenge 2020 (EC 2020) as the world’s biggest ever coordinated citizen science campaign. EC 2020 will collaborate with existing citizen science projects as well as build capacity for new ones as part of a larger effort to grow citizen science worldwide. We will become a nexus for collecting billions of observations in areas including air quality, water quality, biodiversity, and human health to strengthen the links between science, the environment, and public citizens.

See our What is Earth Challenge 2020? page for more details.

What is citizen science?

Citizen science involves members of the public in scientific research to meet real world goals. Citizen science projects:

  • Accelerate scientific research and environmental management
  • Educate and engage the public
  • Create parallel mechanisms for accountability

One compelling example of citizen science is crowdsourcing water quality observations in China through specialized apps like Blue Map and social media including WeChat. These initiatives, conducted in collaboration between citizens, activist leaders, and China’s Ministry of the Environment, leverage government and citizen collected data to help policymakers and the public map and manage pollution.

How can I get involved in Earth Challenge 2020?

Visit the Get Involved in Earth Challenge 2020 page to view the most current opportunities for engagement and to sign up for our listserv.

How can I tell my friends about Earth Challenge 2020?

Using the hashtag #EC2020, you can connect with others also excited about Earth Challenge 2020 on Facebook, WeChat, and Twitter (@Earth_Challenge).

What if I have questions about Earth Challenge 2020?

Direct general questions to [email protected]. For media contacts, visit the Press & Partners page.

What’s next for Earth Challenge 2020?

The timeline for Earth Challenge 2020 spans two years. In 2019, hackathons will be hosted around the world to help create technologies and data platforms that will underpin Earth Challenge 2020. Finally, in April 2020, a data collection campaign will launch, using the platforms developed in the hackathons, with the objective of collecting one billion data points by Earth Day. We would love to have your help on all steps, so please share with your friends and sign up for email updates!