In February 2023, the latest KATS project (KATS: India) was delivered with children living in communities in Nizamuddin and Jagdamba Camp, as well as Shiv Nadar School in New Delhi, India. The children became citizen scientists by collecting air quality data (focussing on PM2.5) within their local communities using mobile sensors provided by Kids Making Sense. The children found that the highest polluted areas were near congested highways, welding shops and dusty enclosed spaces.
This data can support scientists in making important advances in scientific research on air pollution in New Delhi, India. Their data is now uploaded onto the ‘Air Quality Data Visualisation Map‘ on the Kids Making Sense website which can be accessed worldwide.
KATS will continue to use the sensors which enables young people to become citizen scientists by measuring and monitoring air quality, interpreting the data they collect, and take action to reduce their exposure to air pollution. We can’t wait to show young people around the world the data that children from KATS: India collected!
In February 2023, KATS went even more international…this time reaching to New Delhi, India – a megacity which is heavily impacted by the effects of climate change.
Working with Shevta Mathur and colleagues from the Janya Collective, the team delivered the KATS project three times with children in Nizamuddin and Jagdamba Camp settlements along the Yamuna Basin and the Shiv Nadar School in Noida.
The children regularly spoke of how pollution and changes in weather impact their local communities. With the support of Dr. Olivia Ryder from Kids Making Sense, the children became citizen scientists by using mobile sensors to collect data on pollution and temperature level within their own communities. After this activity, they became scientists and gave insightful suggestions of how they could protect themselves and others, from the harmful impacts of pollution.
The children then created their own climate superheroes, and thought of ways in which their superheroes could work together with others around the world to tackle climate change.
KATS: India was an integral step in delivering the KATS project internationally. It worked towards enhancing the connections between young people across the world, empowering them to learn from each other, spread awareness within their local communities, and to take climate action together.