Our Climate Citizen Science Education
With climate change experienced more keenly in our high-latitude countries and the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires amongst the most extreme in records kept since 1981, we have existing societies that don’t need convincing whether climate change is real. We have only differences in priorities, policies, and socio-economic and demographic conditions for action. Actions where Northern Europe citizens can support each other and can support our Australian and American partners in growing community-based, gender-inclusive, climate science skillsets with the inspiration of Space as a driver. Once the climate knowledge enters family dinner conversations, then minds can be changed and climate and local sustainability actions and policies can be improved.
The Earth ILLumination Foundations for Citizen Science ‘ELLF’ project engages society members on the ground, with their own data plus that from a space camera above, to untangle two climate parameters during three years of unique natural environmental events: new moon phases, two total solar eclipses and a special type of cloud that forms during summers in each hemisphere. With those climate parameters, the citizen scientists in Northern Europe with active partners in Australia and the USA, will be invited to participate in the ELLF’s scientific endeavour, to learn how close is Earth's climate to the 'tipping point', when the climate has changed too much to return. The project’s multispectral imager flying on a 3U CubeSat will drive the climate science, the society’s interest, and gain industry confidence to initiate and carry conversations about the seriousness of the climate urgency. We know that societies worldwide can make a difference when we have motivation of a high risk and we work together. We aim to change the opinions of Baltic region towards climate change in an approach that could be applicable to other European regions.
In the ELLF project, we will track cloud formations especially those rare high latitude noctilucent clouds and measure Earth’s brightness via the Moon: EarthShine with a smartphone app to collect Earth’s brightness or albedo. The EarthShine citizen science campaigns will occur once per month at new moon phases in Europe and Australia and during the two total solar eclipses in April 2023 and April 2024. The long total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will cross the southern USA, when tens of millions of Americans are expected to watch. Australia’s northwest has its own short total solar eclipse one year before on April 20, 2023 for an excellent cross-globe data comparison. Knowledge plus action equals empowerment.