The Public Lab Timelapse Kit: fight polluters by catching them on film!
Above image via @glennwalquist -- read more
A number of folks are working across the Public Lab network to set up cheap #timelapse cameras. Help out and hold polluters accountable!
How it works
It doesn't completely -- yet! We're testing this approach in a few places around the country, and looking to prove it out more.
But the basic idea is to point a timelapse camera at a place where you hope to catch pollution happening, to collect evidence and to pressure them to stop.
(above, timelapse of blasting at a mountaintop removal site via @LauraChipley)
This could be used at:
- mine sites
- industrial facilities
- anywhere you can safely place the camera
How to help
We're collecting well-documented examples of this technique in action, and we need:
- great photos of camera setups
- example footage
- easy instructions on how to share your images
Try it out
We're organizing meet-ups to assemble kits, test them out, document and install them, so that lots of people have a chance to learn how to do this and spread the word.
The basic kit is based on:
$103 (with 16g SD card) Crenova Trail Camera - 12 megapixel, 8 AA batteries
(note that it's actually 5 megapixels, but it stretches images up to 12, unfortunately)
Get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to organize a local group to assemble, document, and test, and report back how it goes.
Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.
Flyer handouts: timelapse-kit-card.pdf and 4-up version for printing: timelapse-kit-card-4up.pdf
(Above, prototype box mock-up)