What’s the big deal with citizen scientists?

This article, written by George Grattan at the EarthWatch Institute (where volunteers are paired with scientists to improve the world’s environment) nicely sums up the value of citizen scientists from multiple perspectives.

” Without a strong commitment to the idea that everyday people can help conduct quality science in the field—and that by doing so they get both the inspiration and the tools necessary to take action on behalf of the environment in their own communities—we’d have packed up our pipettes and gone home long ago. We’ve got more than just a commitment, though; we’ve got our data on how Citizen Science works to advance the state of scientific inquiry—quite simply, by allowing researchers to do more of it.”

Full article here.