Mapping for Change

Citizen Science

Environmental pollutants affect us all. Air pollution contributes to over 29,000 deaths in the UK every year, and noise pollution can cause many negative health impacts, including anxiety and stress. However, a lack of local data about these problems can restrict our ability to call for action and change. Citizen Science is a term given to community-led campaigns which collect data about environmental pollutants and use this evidence to demand greater environmental awareness and sustainability.

Citizen Science is based on the use of low-tech methods, which enable all members of a community to collaborate, and acquire the information necessary to raise awareness and lobby policy-makers for change. Participation in Citizen Science initiatives typically gives people greater confidence to engage in democratic decision-making processes in the future.

Mapping for Change have over 15 years’ experience in supporting Citizen Science initiatives. We have supported groups to measure various types of environmental pollutant, including air and noise. We can design survey and data collection methods, recruit and train participants, facilitate stakeholder engagement, provide data analysis, and create paper or online maps to display and compare results.

Once the data has been collected, Mapping for Change can support organisations to take whatever next steps they choose. In the past, we have helped groups to achieve key local changes in their area, or simply encouraged awareness raising amongst the community.

Resident and Community Groups

Are you concerned about environmental pollution in your local area? Since 2008, we have supported many communities to take part in Citizen Science initiatives. As well as achieving policy changes and raising awareness, these projects have brought people together in their local area, and given communities the confidence to participate in decision making.

View our information sheet for further information.

Local Authorities

Are you interested in involving local residents in monitoring environmental pollutants in their area? By establishing a Citizen Science project, you can raise awareness amongst residents, co-develop strategies for reduced exposure, and use evidence collected to consider potential solutions.

View our information sheet for further information.