Think Global, Recognize Local
The traditional scientific products of large-scale citizen science projects in peer-reviewed literature and subsequent media coverage can make it seem as though large-scale projects are more important than the smaller, community-based efforts. However, we may collectively address the most pressing existential, environmental issues we face on planet Earth with smaller scale, action-oriented projects that do not necessarily have a goal of publication.
Elevating the visibility of local projects that effectively address issues such as biodiversity, natural resource use and environmental justice in a given community is important in order to promote participant self-efficacy, funding and broader public recognition of strategies that succeed in addressing environmental issues.
Follow the TweetChat on "Invisible" Citizen Science at #CitSciChat. The event was held 23 October 2020. One of the panelists was NORDECO staff Finn Danielsen.