A Citizens Science Project – Climate Change in Connecticut : A Research & Photojournalism Road Map to Awareness

Citizen Science in Environmental Monitoring
Poster Presentation

Prepared by M. Pascucilla
East Shore District Health Dept., 688 East Main Street, Branford, Connecticut, 06437, United States


Contact Information: mpascucilla@esdhd.org; 203-619-1286


ABSTRACT

It is clear that there are many people who, for whatever reason, do not believe the research of climate change. Comparatively, the pandemic has shown we have short attention spans, nor do many Americans believe and/or trust the science and research that has been presented. Therefore, this project in partnership with Yale University would be used to combine Connecticut specific climate change research that is available statewide, and create a photojournalism collection of written and in person stories/interviews. It will be used to document and educate Connecticuter’s, A.K.A., Nutmegger’s, by sharing real stories and visual evidence of climate change that is currently impacting southern New England, and its quintessential towns and cities. This project will empower our residents to engage in this citizen science project to create public interest and motivate a community movement to address climate change and community resilience to the changes that are currently happening. This information would be gathered through interviews and surveys, photos and history review of our towns, the weather, the environment as well as the health of our residents. 

As with any research, this project will work within the same ethical approaches to objectively communicate facts, without bias, to educate our residents that climate change has been and is currently in play and impacting every aspect of our anthropological ecosystem – physical, social, financial, emotional, etc.... Our intent is to tell the visual “human story” of climate change, supported by state and local research with the end goal to promote awareness and positive, sustainable behavioral population change to soften mankind influences on our local ecology.

This climate change project, through its photojournalism will also compare and research the human impacts both from coastal and non-coastal, inland communities, as well as urban and rural living environments