In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, and STIP’s Alison Parker about Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign. They describe how the campaign will engage millions of global citizens to aggregate and collect more than one billion data points from areas including air quality, water quality, biodiversity, pollution, and human health.


Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network. Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a year-round policy and activist organization. Now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. Kathleen has been at the vanguard of developing innovative financial mechanisms to support green buildings and schools. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions to improve the environment. She is a frequent commentator on environmental issues in the media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and NPR, as well as in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and many other international and national newspapers and journals. Prior to her work at Earth Day Network, Kathleen held senior positions with the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Law Institute, and two U.S. Olympic Organizing Committees.

Alison Parker is a Researcher with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she works to increase the impact of citizen science and connect citizen science initiatives worldwide. Before joining the team at the Wilson Center, Alison was an ORISE fellow hosted by the Innovation Team in the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC, where she supported EPA scientists using citizen science approaches and explored policy opportunities for integrating citizen science data and information into EPA work. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizen Science Association.



John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.


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