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. And this new Congress session brings with it all new opportunities to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its attacks on science and public protections.
That’s why the UCS Science Network is leading a campaign for scientists and experts to join together in watchdogging for science.
Take action: Sign up to watchdog for science today!
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.
Critical fights: Take action now
Call on Your Members of Congress to Sponsor New Pro-Science Legislation
Preserve the independence of science agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Interior, in the face of conflicts of interest and the Trump administration censoring scientists. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Scientific Integrity Act and reinforce our public protections with strong scientific integrity laws.
Your Expert Voice in the Local Paper Can Help Bring Science Back to Policymaking
To make sure that Congress holds federal agencies accountable for science-based policies, scientists and experts like you need to show the public demand for it. Write a letter to your local paper about how attacks on science have harmed.
Demand the EPA Set Science-Based Standards for Toxics in Our Water
Send a letter to your members of Congress asking them to create a robust, nationwide plan to clean up toxic chemicals like “PFAS” from contaminated water supplies.
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, including these on-demand trainings:
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Examples of effective action: trainings and policymaker meetings that Science Network members are organizing to protect science-based decision-making.
- In the last Congress, scientists helped to prevent bad bills like the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) from passing in the Senate. Watchdogs organized dozens of 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.
- Scientists are educating their local communities and policymakers about what’s at stake for they state if we don’t stand up for science. Read this joint op-ed placed by a team of scientists in Montana spotlighting the real dangers to the state of climate inaction and attacks on federal climate science. Or this letter to the editor from a scientist in Maine about children’s health and fossil fuel subsidies.
We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen
We can ensure that decisions about our health, safety, and environment are based on the best available science—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.