Citizen science?

Currently there is a huge divide between the “scientific” world and the general public. The responsibility to protect and preserve our natural environment as well as to maintain our food security has been placed in the hands of too few people. And unfortunately it is way to common for these people to have political pressures to act in one way or another, and not always in the best interest of the general public. These figures too often bow down to big businesses and money. You only have to look at how many corruption cases are being held around the world involving political figures or people meant to be representing “our” best interests.

So what about citizen science? This is something that is meant to bridge the gap between politicians, those guys in white labcoats sitting behind a microscope, and you, a citizen of the world. Through citizen science, we can have millions of individuals, trained to observe and record, collecting data from all over the globe. The information gained through citizens world wide looking at what is happening in their backyard creates “study sites” in many more places than would ever be possible by just scientists alone. And it connects us back into a system in which we NEED to take more responsibility.

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A geographer who studied geology and marine science in Sydney, Australia. She has traveled the world while working on various conservation projects. She has taught numerous people about the under the sea wonders of Australia, Hawaii, the Seychelles and Spain, leading groups of volunteers and tourists while also conducting scientific research on corals, sea turtles and whale sharks. She has been living in Barcelona since 2008 and splits her time between teaching English, sailing and researching the whales and dolphins of the Mediterranean with the conservation group Associació Cetàcea, teaching people to scuba dive and about Mediterranean marine life, and caring for her window vegetable garden. Joined refarmthecity.org in 2014 and wants to change how people living in cities interact with the food system by giving them the power and resources to provide it for themselves.