Exploring the Impact of Citizen Science on Environmental Stewardship: Lessons Learned from Recent Studies

Conference 2024 of the European Citizen Science Association

A recent study conducted by Luke Gooding explored the potential of citizen science in facilitating an energy transition. Through a review of existing citizen science projects related to energy transitions, the research examined their goals, methodologies, outcomes, and challenges. Successful case studies were identified to demonstrate the various applications of citizen science in addressing energy challenges. The study aimed to bridge the gap between citizen science and energy transition research by investigating the reasons behind their limited connection, including disciplinary divides, institutional structures, funding mechanisms, and policy frameworks.

In a collaborative project with Sarah West and Rachel Pateman, Luke presented his findings at an ECSA webinar. Rachel recently spoke at the same webinar, emphasizing the importance of citizen science in environmental research and conservation efforts.

Smriti Safaya’s presentation focused on the impact of environmental citizen science activities on youth environmental values, knowledge, and behavior. The research showed that engaging students in citizen science projects led to positive changes in their attitudes and actions towards the natural environment. Even one-time participatory activities increased student knowledge and encouraged a wider range of environmental behaviors. Additionally, Safaya highlighted the transformative effects of rewarding citizen science experiences on teachers and students, leading to the development of long-term projects and community-wide initiatives.

The practical implications provided in this presentation are valuable for citizen science project designers, organizers, environmental scientists, and educators seeking to create meaningful citizen science opportunities in formal and informal educational settings. By understanding the potential of citizen science in fostering environmental stewardship among youth

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