Nominated by Jennifer Marlow
Jeff Warren of the MIT Media Lab's Center for Future Civic Media is mapping the BP oil spill one balloon at a time. Launching cheap digital cameras tied to helium balloons floated above the oil booms, he's capturing higher-than-Google-resolution imagery of the spill—injury-by-injury and bird-by-bird.
"Seeking to invert the traditional power structure of cartography," Jeff has also worked with kids in Peru and El Salvador to map their communities using kites.
He's looking for volunteers to map the spill or financial contributions to help the cause. $50 buys a tank of helium; $100 buys a new kite. Visit GrassrootsMapping.org for donation details.
Jen Marlow co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights in May 2009, and is a Co-Founder and Inaugural Fellow of the Three Degrees Project at the University of Washington School of Law.
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