To helping citizens affected by air pollution, we are seeking financial support for deploying ready-to-use Open Hardware sensors. Through our ongoing capacity building AirForAll* project we got in touch with a citizens group in Sweden that we would like to support:
- Context: This citizens group in a municipality of Västmanland County in Sweden is affected by heavy dust stemming from a current highway building site nearby their homes: Up to 12 heavy trucks with crushed rocks passing their small village 3-5 days a week.
- Problem: The citizens aimed to get heard by the local municipality, but were dismissed.
- Solution: On the factfulness basis of contrasted data measurements of the air pollution these citizens might be empowered to get a hearing at the municipality (respectively at the local press) and push for less pollution and health effects.
We offer to this citizens group:
- We would like to deploy this Smart Citizen Sensor-Tookit (by Seeed Studio) that our team members from Ideas for Change are already experienced with.
- The sensor is an existing Open Hardware.
- One sensor costs USD 119 (EUR 109, SEK 1.285).
- For citizens to create meaningful contrasted data, several of these sensors need to be deployed.
- We are coordinating this initiative with the regional Air Quality Organisation of Västmanland County Sweden; which helps with their advice, but is unable to act itself due to integrity.
- Our team can guide the citizens group how to deploy the sensors and how to make for a sophisticated setting of contrasted, meaningful data collection & analysis.
- Our AirForAll* Erasmus+ funded project has no funding for sensors, but we have capacity and experience in deploying these Open Hardware sensors.
- We need funding for several of these Smart Citzens Sensor Tookits.
- After the aspired activity with & for this citizens group in the region of Västmanland Sweden, we would like the aquired Smart Citizens Sensor Toolkits to be made available at local public libraries.
- Do you know about financial funding programs that might fit our purpose?
- CC @shannond @jcm80 @briannaljohns @yeseong.shin
*Air for All is an Erasmus+ cofunded project that will evolve a knowledge toolkit for  helping citizens to better understand the effects of air pollution, emissions and climate change, and for  helping cities to leverage civic participation for air quality data collection. AirForAll will also  launch a digital, freely accessible platform for knowledge transfer and capacity building on EU and international level.
Air for All is jointly conducted by:
- Air Quality Organisation Västmanland County (Sweden)
- Proofing Future Europe (Belgium / Germany).
- Ideas for Change (Spain)