Continual learning is an important focus for PRAMP. We learn from our data, stakeholders and communities, other Airsheds, and air monitoring and environmental science experts. PRAMP staff recently attended the 17th Annual Air Quality & Health Workshop in Vancouver. It was a valuable opportunity to learn and connect with other air monitoring, reporting and education organizations.
While the global movement towards environmental justice focusses on equalizing environmental benefits and burdens across populations, availability of reliable data is becoming a key factor in managing air quality to protect human health and the environment.
The recent introduction of low cost air quality sensors into the market means ordinary citizens are becoming increasingly able to discover for themselves what is present in the air that surrounds them. Presenter, Andrea Clements, a research physical scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stated that soon air quality data will be as widely available and interpretable as traffic or meteorological data is now.
Other presenters recommended readily available, low cost portable air quality measuring devices as a means of providing data to individuals and communities concerned about local conditions and health (with the caveat that sensor data quality varies).
As citizens impacted by air pollution feel empowered by verifiable data, the movement to improve health outcomes for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, will advance.