the future could be more optimistic.
The Paris Climate Accord represents
a significant step by nearly 200
countries toward mitigating the
worst impacts of climate change. It
encourages countries to take action
to prevent global warming from
rising more than 2.0˚C/3.6˚F above
pre–Industrial Age temperatures.
HCI specialists, along with others
in the general public, can strive to
ensure that all the countries involved
in the Paris Climate Accord honor
their commitments. Our engagement
and political awareness is needed
to make this happen. By working
collaboratively with citizen-science
projects throughout the world to
co-create knowledge and design
technology, we can all become
better informed. For those new to
citizen science, Sidebar 9 offers a few
suggestions for getting started.
We HCI specialists have a duty to
use our skills and knowledge to steer
technology design, development,
and usage to help save the species
with which we share planet Earth. In
doing so, we will help to ensure a safe,
enriching, and awe-inspiring natural
environment for our children and
grandchildren. Collaborating with
scientists and joining citizen-science
projects is one way to help achieve
I wish to thank Carol Boston, Mike
Sharples, and Ben Shneiderman for
their insightful comments on drafts
of this article. I was very fortunate to
have Simone D. J. Barbosa and Gilbert
Cockton as my editors. They generously
offered their advice and guidance as I
prepared this article, and I thank them
for their support.
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Jennifer Preece is a professor and dean
emerita at Maryland’s Information School.
Her research focuses on biodiversity citizen
science, environmental education, and
motivation for community participation. She
is a co-author of a leading HCI text entitled
Interaction Design: Beyond HCI (4th Ed., 2015)
and the author of many research articles.
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A North American citizen-science
association ( citizenscience.org), which
welcomes members from across the
world, hosts a biannual Citizen Science
Conference that is an excellent venue
for finding out about citizen-science
projects and networking in a relaxed
and friendly environment. Similar
groups exist in Europe ( ecsa.citizen-
science.net) and in Australia (hcsna.
Scistarter.com lists hundreds of
projects from across the world that
you can explore. Finally, an article
by Greg Newman et al. presents a
thoughtful perspective on the impact
of technology on citizen science [ 22].
Even though it was published almost
five years ago, it is still relevant
today. A recent paper by the author
of this article discusses a broader
range of topics for those who want to
read more [ 11].