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The Wordsmith of Controversy Unleashed on Be the Change

bethechangeBe the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science
Chandra Clarke
Amazon | Amazon Author Page

Genre:  Science text, non-fiction

Greetings everyone!  The Review Board here with our thoughts on Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science by Chandra Clarke.  Before we proceed, here is the blurb on what this book is about:

Can You Save The World?

It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by everything that is wrong in the world. In 2010, there were 660,000 deaths from malaria. Dire predictions about climate change suggest that sea levels could rise enough to submerge both Los Angeles and London by 2100. Bees are dying, not by the thousands but by the millions.

But what can you do? You’re just one person, right? The good news is that you *can* do something.

It’s called citizen science, and it’s a way for ordinary people like you and me to do real, honest-to-goodness, help-answer-the-big-questions science.

This book introduces you to a world in which it is possible to go on a wildlife survey in a national park, install software on your computer to search for a cure for cancer, have your smartphone log the sound pollution in your city, transcribe ancient Greek scrolls, or sift through the dirt from a site where a mastodon died 11,000 years ago—even if you never finished high school.

Part I of Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science will show you what citizen science is, how important it is, and why we need more of it. You will also find out how it can personally benefit you, how you can get involved, and what it might mean to you if you did.

Part II provides a large list of projects that you can join right now, concisely explained, and organized by the level of involvement required.

Citizen science is fun, it’s easy, and you can get started today. Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science will show you how.

To share her thoughts, Wordsmith Andi.

The Wordsmith Weighs In

A short read due to the majority of the book being links to various Citizen Science projects, Be the Change still manages to be chock full of helpful and interesting background information and explanations of the field.

Written in a style that is appropriately user-friendly, sans high tech jargon and acronyms, Clarke shares her enthusiasm for a growing field of scientific research called “Citizen Science”. To quote her first paragraph in the chapter entitled “All About Citizen Science” Clarke explains it as: “Roughly speaking, citizen science is research that is conducted by nonprofessionals, or “amateurs”—ordinary people like you and me. It is known by a few different names; you might hear it referred to as participatory science, networked science, or crowdsourced science.”

After a few short sections explaining how citizen science has developed and what makes it both unique and appealing, Clarke provides a substantial list of projects, classified by level of involvement, in which anyone can become involved.

I was duly impressed by the amount of research that went into compiling and creating this book. Clarke’s text is well resourced and annotated. The text appearance was perfect; nary a misspelling or editing miss was found.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science, some spare time or cash, and a desire to do something to contribute to the greater good. I had never heard of citizen science before reading this text and am now most interested in finding ways to participate. From computer games designed to map the brain or design new RNA strings and allowing a portion of your computer’s processing power to be used for super-computations, citizen science has it all.

Verdict: I give it a maximum rating of 10 stars.

Now let’s get Mr. Controversy‘s thoughts:


“Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science” by Chandra Clarke is THE QUICKEST eBook that I have read this year. It examines everyday actions that can contribute to making our World and Planet Earth a MUCH BETTER place, and what we as residents of our Planet Earth can do in order to make the best and most of where we reside.

There is A LOT of Great Information within the pages of this read, where a generous amount of hyperlinks contained within its covers.


I was looking for a famous Pitchman and/or Pitchwoman to jump out of the book! Not saying it in a disrespectful manner. Rather the information that was discussed, suggested, and offered was told SO WELL, I was expecting the late Billy Mays to show up.

Simply put: this eBook is a Fantastic wealth of information for those who are looking to contribute to the bettering of our and their Home, our and their surroundings, and our and their Planet.

Nothing looked out of place, for things were easy to understand. At the same time, some terms (for those who are unfamiliar with them) may be a bit “thesaurus necessary” for those who need a simplified word(s) to understand what is being said. Overall,  is easy to understand. Chandra Clarke’s “Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science” is a Great Tool!

Survey Says: Flawless 10 out of 10

I DO NOT give out 10 willingly, yet “Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science” IS Worthy of a 10-star review from me.

NO ONE should argue Science, esp. when it can help in the Improvement of a Better Life of every generation and future generations.

Ms. Chandra Clarke: Well Done!
Now, let’s get Unleashed!

Unleashed Speaks

I really do like the cover of the book.  The pink and golden tones of the butterflies and the light bulb are really eye catching and look great against the light grey background.  The font also jumped out at you, with the word change being in red, indicating a state of urgency as well as emergency.

The delivery of the material in Be the Change is very simple.  The definition of citizen science was presented in a very detailed way but not overwhelmed with excessive jargon.  I think the balance between theory and action was very appropriate, since the main goal of this book was to provide the public with the tools they needed to take part in saving the world.  It didn’t get bogged down in excessive history and it was appreciated in this call to action book.

The links automatically being hyper linked was a definite plus.  To some it may be a small thing, but when one accesses this work through electronic means, it marks the difference between getting to these links immediately and going through the spiel of copying and pasting.

Also, there are ways to help for all walks of life–to the person who has little time to the person who has nothing but time.  There are also methods included that involve little to no monetary investment, just access to a computer and interest.  The further breakdown of each resource into categories made this very easy to read, understand and gravitate towards.

Unleashed Verdict: I applaud this author’s enthusiasm and her crusade.  Easy to follow, just the right length and not overly pushy.  This gets 10 out of 10 from me, and I am inspired to Be the Change.

Looks like we are all in agreement!

10starsThis is the first time that a book from multiple reviewers on TRB has received the full 10 star rating.  Well done indeed!

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