Watchdog with UCS: Join the Movement to Stand Up for Science
Attacking federal scientists. Censoring scientific data. Gutting science-based safeguards. These are just a few of the many ways the Trump administration and members of Congress have made clear their disregard for the role of science in our democracy.
The stakes are high—but the UCS Science Network, tapping into the growing energy in the scientific community, is committed to the fight. That’s why the UCS Science Network is leading a campaign for scientists and experts to join together in watchdogging for science.
Join the movement to defend science
The Science Network serves as a home for scientists and other experts to connect, build advocacy skills, and use their expertise for the public good. And since President Trump’s election, more than a thousand Science Network members are stepping up to do more to watchdog for science—in their local communities, at the state level, and nationally.
Whether it’s speaking with the media, delivering testimony and public comments, exposing misinformation or missing data, or building relationships with their legislators’ offices—we’ll give you the tools and opportunities you need to most effectively push back on attacks on science, and to push for science-informed solutions. Join us to make a greater impact— it’s needed now more than ever.
What you can do to watchdog for science
Here are some of the opportunities coming up during winter 2018 to learn about the latest threats to science, strengthen your skills as an advocate, and put your knowledge to work to stand up for science:
Critical fights: Take action now
- Use your personal story and expertise to protect science in the budget
- Defend the role of science in the Endangered Species Act
- Call on Congress to hold oversight hearings into science at the EPA
Educational opportunities: Strengthen your impact
- Join us on January 31 for a telephone townhall with UCS President Ken Kimmell to get the inside scoop on how scientists can defend science in 2018
- February 5th webinar, Balancing Your Career and Advocacy, on how government employees and academics can navigate the balance between their careers and being engaged science advocates
- [coming soon] Mid-March video-based workshop, Building a Relationship with Reporters, for a select group of committed scientist to cultivate relationships with reporters that help advance an science-based dialogue in local media. Email us to learn more.
Don’t forget to join the LinkedIn and @SciNetUCS Twitter communities to get the latest updates in the world of science and policy, connect with fellow scientist advocates, and share news, resources, and opportunities
Valuable tools: Level up your involvement
- Watchdog Toolkit page, offering hands-on guides and resources for taking local action
- Seasonal, skills-building webinars build your strength in science communications and advocacy
- The Science for the Public Good Fund provides needed financial support to Science Network watchdoggers planning local campaigns.
- Bi-monthly online conferences (like this one) give watchdoggers a chance to connect and get news on the latest threats to science.
Sign up to join our watchdogging team to get access to the newest opportunities and resources
Scientist watchdogging in action
Science Network watchdogging is making a difference right now:
- Victory! Climate-denying Kathleen Hartnett-White has withdrawn her nomination to be President Trump's chief environmental advisor. You helped make this happen. Thank you. Read our statement.
- Check out blog posts from retired USDA scientist Mike Haas and disaster-prevention researcher Joyce Levine on the indispensable value of federal research free from political interference.
- Scientists are helping to prevent bad bills like the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) from passing in the Senate. Watchdogs have organized more than 10 meetings with legislators, made hundreds of calls, and published letters in local newspapers to remind them that the RAA would undermine the science-based process for public protections—with serious consequences for the health, safety, and environment of their districts.
- Read this op-ed that was placed in Montana newspapers spotlighting the real dangers of the RAA to children’s health.