Sentinels for the Environment

Reporting on environmental issues


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About the project Edit

One purpose of the Watch network is to provide a local space for expression accessible to all, experts and observers alike. It also aims to provide a unique summarizing and visibility tool that uses the observations from the community of “sentinels” to pinpoint and prioritize environmental actions and issues. Watch provides tools to environmental activists (or sentinels) that allow people to follow them as they collect information regarding subjects such as, local issues, infrastructure and environmentalism. Categories will be developed to classify information by region or department. Facebook and iPhone applications are also projected.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Social networks have imposed themselves as our new information and collaboration tools. The importance of social networks, along with the availability of touchscreen smartphones creates ideal conditions for the launch of Watch. For the first time in history, we have the capacity to form large internet communities to collect and diffuse information, debate, evaluate, and access specific expertise and suggestions for change.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

As a result of issues such as, climate change, soil and water pollution, species protection, nutrition, and health, the public at large is more aware than ever before of environmental issues. The issues have clearly been raised but inciting citizen action and finding concrete solutions which are much more complex are often overlooked. This gap between our “real-life action” in our everyday lives and the “global” scientific and political discussion prevents individuals from taking action—Where do I start? How can I make a concrete contribution? The Watch project was founded on the belief that in the information society of the 21st century, anyone can elicit change by informing and mobilizing others. Environmental and social movements have always been built on real relationships between people.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This is a year and a half R&D project carried out in the field with local regions, associations, and communities. The project is seeking development partners. In terms of financing, a social enterprise structure has been adopted.

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