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Get Involved: Science Network Action Opportunities

As a member of the UCS Science Network, you gain access to a variety of action opportunities to inform the public and influence policy makers and events where you can connect with and learn from colleagues who have similar interests. Check out the following opportunities:

Join the UCS Science Network at 2 DC Events

On Wednesday, July 23, join us to "Talk Science Policy With Us" at a networking event downtown. This is a great opportunity to meet local Science Network members and others in science policy-related fields. And on Thursday, July 31, you're invited to attend a "Cooler Smarter" presentation on low-carbon living. Find out more about these events and RSVP.

An Apple a Day, For All: How Federal Policy Can Support Equitable Food Access      

Current federal policies favor junk food instead of the healthy food we all need. What's more, low-income communities are hit hardest by these broken food policies, which results in greater occurrences of diet-related diseases. That's why UCS advocates for food and farm policies that make good food more accessible for all, and especially for marginalized communities. Join us for a webinar Wednesday, July 30 that will discuss the inequities in our current food system, highlight two inspiring examples of work that is already happening to overcome these inequities, and identify innovative policies that can help bring about change.

Submit an Abstract for a UCS Session at AGU

Are you planning to attend the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union this year? Consider submitting an abstract for one of the sessions UCS is organizing. Sessions include:

Submit your abstract by August 6 to be considered for one of our sessions. 

Urge the EPA to Finalize a Strong Power Plant Rule to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

The EPA recently proposed rules that would limit the carbon pollution from power plants—the largest source of global warming emissions in the United States. While the proposal has many promising elements, it could be stronger. The EPA wants to know what you think and is now accepting comments on this new rule before it is finalized. Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize a stronger power plant carbon rule that strengthens global warming emissions reduction targets and accelerates the transition to a clean energy economy.

Call on the Surgeon General to Curb Sugar Consumption

It's time to loosen the food industry's grip on policy efforts meant to protect public health from the effects of sugar. We will need trusted, influential voices for science and health to join us in pushing back against deceptive tactics and pushing towards evidence-based food polices that protect our health. Urge the Acting Surgeon General to use his influence to commission an authoritative report on the health effects of added sugars in our diet to help shape our nation's policies on sugar consumption.

Help Us Spread the Word about Clean Trucks

As policy makers start discussions about the next round of efficiency and global warming emissions standards for our heavy-duty vehicle fleet, we have to get the word out that trucks can be 40 percent more fuel efficient and still deliver the goods. You can help demonstrate the possibilities and potential benefits of cleaner trucks for oil use, fuel cost savings, and global warming emissions by sharing our graphic with friends and family.The public deserves to know who is influencing policies that affect our health and safety. 

An Open Letter on Climate Change from California Climate Scientists and Economists

(For scientists, researchers, or economists with a PhD who live or work in California and whose peer-reviewed research focuses on climate change or its solutions.) California has started on the path to limiting the worst impacts of climate change. Yet the state has no enforceable plan to get us the rest of the way there. Join the open statement from California climate scientists and economists who are calling on Governor Jerry Brown and legislators to set enforceable emissions caps for 2030 and beyond.

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