Citizen Science as a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship: Successful Case Studies and Impact on Youth Values and Behavior

Conference 2024 of the European Citizen Science Association

The study conducted by Luke Gooding examines the potential of citizen science in aiding an energy transition. Through reviewing existing citizen science projects related to energy transitions, the research investigates their goals, methodologies, outcomes, and challenges. Successful case studies are identified to demonstrate the various applications of citizen science in addressing energy challenges. Luke’s presentation is a collaborative project with Sarah West and Rachel Pateman, who recently spoke at an ECSA webinar highlighting the importance of citizen science in environmental research and conservation efforts.

Smriti Safaya’s presentation focuses on the impact of environmental citizen science activities on youth environmental values, knowledge, and behavior. The research shows that engaging students in citizen science projects leads 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. This presentation also highlights 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 beneficial 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, researchers and educators can develop innovative approaches to engage students in conservation efforts.

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