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An oil spill unfolds in a low-income community, but this time, they're ready. Residents use smartphone spectrometers for real-time contaminant sampling. Weather balloons bristling with DIY sensors capture air quality data and aerial photos of the spill. Information is shared through a global network. The public demands accountability and government agencies respond to the citizen-generated data with a well organized, swift clean-up. Those negatively impacted are given the attention and resources they deserve.

Dear Public Lab community member,

This is the future that Public Lab and thousands of community members just like you are working toward--a world where everyday citizens harness the power of science to hold government and industry accountable by creating data of their own. Since our inception following the BP Oil Spill, we have been working to democratize science through the development of easy to use, DIY toolkits for environmental investigation. With your help, along with our global community of activists, DIYers, and amateur investigators, Public Lab empowers communities to demand accountability using simple, open source environmental monitoring tools.

All this is supported by the Public Lab nonprofit, which works to grow the community and ensure tools reach under-resourced communities where they are needed most. As a nonprofit, our work is made possible through generous support from private foundations and our community of individual supporters--you.

$20 can support outreach to communities living in the shadow of refineries. $100 could bring DIY spectroscopy to one high school science lab. For just $500, Public Lab staff can train a neighborhood association to map pollution in their community. Every gift helps us bring our tools to under-resourced communities around the world and supports the work you, as a member of our community, are doing to grow the global citizen science movement. Your donation supports work like our flare spectroscopy project in the Gulf Coast, communities working on invasive species removal in Massachusetts, and groups using open hardware to protect their livelihood.

Please click here to support us as we work toward a healthier, cleaner, more just global community.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

All the best,
Shannon, Jeff, Mathew, Liz, Stewart, Becki and Noah

PS: To help you help us, we’re offering 10% off Public Lab purchases for one year for any donation over $250. Please donate now!


***Public Lab applied January 2, 2012 for 501(c)3 status. If this tax status is granted donations may be tax deductible as permitted by law.***

DIY Spectroscopy at Parts and Crafts. Photo by Jeff Warren.
Infrared monitoring of invasive species at WATERCHESTNUT. Photo by Chris Fastie.
Aerial mapping at iFarm. Photo by Dorn Cox.

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