Six Reasons To Become A Citizen Scientist

Citizen science aims at bridging the gap between science and the general public, actively involving citizens in research projects – this can include identifying research questions, collecting and analyzing data, or developing new technologies and applications. In this way, citizen scientists can work side by side with experts, contributing to the increase of scientific knowledge […]

Citizen science aims at bridging the gap between science and the general public, actively involving citizens in research projects – this can include identifying research questions, collecting and analyzing data, or developing new technologies and applications. In this way, citizen scientists can work side by side with experts, contributing to the increase of scientific knowledge and addressing local, national and international issues that need scientific support.

Why is citizen science important?

Scientist can’t do it all by themselves, especially when it’s labor intensive, time consuming field work like mapping, that cannot be accomplished by a small team. This is where citizen science steps in. As a volunteer and citizen scientist, you can provide valuable help to the collective effort of gathering data on the waste situation worldwide.

Mapping trash all over the world is not an easy task. But it is a very important one, as there is still very little knowledge about how much mismanaged waste there is. In order to clean up the world, we first need to know where the ‘dirty’ places are and where our teams of volunteers should focus their efforts. Waste mapping is also important for monitoring purposes and keeping track of how our efforts are improving waste management practices around the world. We don’t just want to Clean up the World on 15th September – we also want to keep it clean after the big day!

This kind of work would be nearly impossible for a single scientist or research team to accomplish alone. Adding a trashpoint to the map may seem like a small thing, but you will actually be contributing to creating a worldwide database of mismanaged waste. It may feel like a drop in the ocean, but remember that the ocean itself is made of drops and your contribution is very important.

Reasons to become a citizen scientist

  • You will help put trash in the ‘spotlight’ and make it visible for people around the world to see with just a click of the mouse. The more visible a problem becomes, the more likely it is to be solved.
  • You will help direct our teams of volunteers to cleanup the places that need it most.
  • You will be making a contribution to science, creating the world’s first map of mismanaged waste.
  • You will develop new skills.
  • You will work in teams and meet new people with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.
  • Last but not least… it is fun!