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:
Petition to the President: National Food Policy
Recently in The Washington Post, UCS joined prominent food leaders Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Olivier de Schutter in a call to President Obama to issue an executive order establishing a National Food Policy. Sign the petition today to tell President Obama that you want a National Food Policy that will transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all. Add your name.
Tell Shell to Dispel ALEC's Climate Disinformation
The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, recently stood up for climate science and said, "We're not aligning with skeptics." But Shell continues to fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has been spreading disinformation about climate change for years. We need to let Shell know that actions speak louder than words when it comes to standing up for science.
Tell the Fast Food Industry to Use Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
The top global fast food brands use palm oil, an ingredient linked to climate change and deforestation, in their products. As tropical forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitats for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world's heat-trapping emissions. Tell the largest global fast food chains that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, and endangered species, the time to act is now.Send a letter.
Get Electric Vehicle Charging at Work!
California has recently taken steps to put more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and to help reduce our carbon footprint. However, EVs need more charging infrastructure to meet everyone's needs. An effective way to expand EV charging is to make it available where people work. Workplace charging can also help employees save money on gas and help businesses increase employee productivity and retention. Encourage your employer to make this important investment for their employees and the environment.
Experts in Minnesota: Sign an Open Letter on MN Renewable Energy
Minnesota has the chance to be a real clean energy leader, but we need your help to make it a reality. Minnesota's strong renewable energy track record has created jobs, provided affordable electricity for families and businesses, and reduced pollution to our lakes, rivers, and streams. Renewable energy in Minnesota is working, and we have the capacity to ramp it up even more. Join scientists, engineers, economists, and health professionals from across Minnesota in supporting an increase in the state's use of renewable energy. Add your expert voice to an important effort to generate more electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar, reduce pollution, and continue to grow a clean energy industry for Minnesota.
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.