'Citizen science' is gaining ground in its impact, certainly in the UK:
Futures Forum: We need more dedicated expert and amateur naturalists to observe and record the distinctive flash of a firefly or the soft clatter of dragonfly wings
Futures Forum: This is British Science Week > help map plastic on our beaches
Futures Forum: Join the Great British Bee Count!
Futures Forum: Climate change: and Acoustic Ecology >>> citizen science recording changes in the environment
Futures Forum: Citizen science on Springwatch - with the Woodland Trust >>> tracking how fast spring moves
Futures Forum: Big Butterfly Count
Futures Forum: Citizen science on Springwatch
Futures Forum: "Citizen scientists: Now you can link the UK winter deluge to climate change"
Futures Forum: "How ancient Devon woodland will help citizen scientists predict the effects of climate change"
It's happening in other parts of the world: for example:
Can ‘Citizen Science’ Save Vietnam’s Environment From Unchecked Economic Growth?