Citizen Scientists and Personal Air Monitoring

Citizen Scientists and Personal Air Monitoring


THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY
A HEALTHIER PLACE TO LIVE. ONE WAY IS THROUGH CITIZEN SCIENCE. RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
COLLECT DATA TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND ADDRESS ISSUES OF CONCERN.
THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OFTEN COLLABORATES WITH THESE CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
TO REDUCE POLLUTION AND ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE I got involved right out of undergrad, I studied
Environmental Science I thought I was going to be doing work outside of my community,
but found out that there was an asthma study taking place in my neighborhood and, and as
an asthmatic something that caught my attention Living day to day in a community where all
I saw was high traffic volumes, poor air quality, and adding more waste transfer stations, into our community got me enraged.
I think for me it wasn’t enough just to be mad. For me it was exactly how can I utilize
the tools, whether it be education or advocacy to empower myself, I felt like far too many
of our community members feel like they don’t have resources, or they don’t feel empowered.
Part of that community monitoring that we did was personal monitoring, looking at how
the ambient air quality is affecting one’s personal health. And so the Backpack Study,
which was a part of the South Bronx Environmental Health Study, was instrumental in that, and
as a project manager at the time working with NYU, I got the full experience of exactly
what was the logistics in, in pulling some type of monitoring to that extent off, and
looking at the direct impact of how working with the community through that process enlightened
them—and that, if I can do something about that, then this is the way to do it.
NARRATION: CITIZEN SCIENTISTS TAKE A STAND FOR CLEAN AIR, LAND AND WATER. IF YOUR COMMUNITY
HAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN CONTACT EPA OR YOUR STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OR ENVIRONMENT.

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