The AirKeepers Program harnesses Citizen Scientists to fight air inequality like never before. In 2016, Clean Air Carolina launched the program in Charlotte with the help of volunteers taking measurements at both fixed sites and mobile monitoring while walking, biking, or riding transport. With your support, we are live streaming real-time information about the air we share, right in your neighborhood and across the state. The data we’re collecting is free to the public and is being used by scientists and change-makers to make a difference in what we breathe.
WHY ARE WE MONITORING THE AIR?
Air pollution can be deadly. One of the world’s most serious public health issues is particle pollution–invisible, solid, and liquid matter floating in the air. These particles are small enough to pass through the lungs and directly into the bloodstream. There is no safe level of exposure to particle pollution.
Particle pollution can vary by location. In many cases, concentrations can be dramatically different just across town. Different levels of exposure over time have been shown to correlate with high degrees of disparity in mortality rates (NEJM).
THE PROBLEM IS STATEWIDE
The entire state of North Carolina has just 23 particle pollution monitors.
Let’s put that into perspective: If particle pollution can vary from one neighborhood to another, how are we gathering accurate pollution levels with only 23 monitors in the entire state?
Unfortunately, we are not. We are leaving too many communities in the dark on their levels of exposure. This is why AirKeepers are so important – it is critical that we not only gather scientific data but also empower communities with the information we learn from it.