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August 20th, 2014
Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

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Tech is changing how we relate to the environment. But until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. Well financed national groups like the National Resources Defense Council and the Environment Defense fund have had notable successes pressing for environmental legislations or regulations, but they haven’t always fostered much local involvement. Indeed much participation in environmental causes these days would qualify as “thin”– people sharing upsetting or uplifting photos and videos, signing petitions, and maybe sending checks. But as smart phones have gotten into more hands, and more people get connected online, environmental activism has started to shift, or grow, as well. Read more in TechPresident

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