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
Expose EPA Cutting Scientists Our of Air Pollution Standards
Are you an air pollution or health expert? Add your name to the sign-on letter calling out the EPA dismissal of scientist advice from its air pollution standard setting-- and learn about how you can submit written testimony to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
Get Ready to Hold the Trump Administration Accountable to its Job of Serving the Public
As Congress gears up this winter, we have a renewed opportunity to hold the Trump administration accountable and make sure they’re serving the public interest. That’s their job—and it’s the job of Congress, representing their constituents’ and wellbeing, to make sure they do it.
Get ready to be a strong advocate for accountability: Read this primer about how make sure our elected officials do more to hold agencies accountable on science-based policymaking and stay tuned for action opportunities right after the holiday break.
Stop the EPA from Burying Science Advice
Submit a comment to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
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.
- Check out blog post “Five Lessons Watchdogging Team Have Taught Us” about impactful ways scientists are stepping up as constituents, and why it matters. One example of effective action: this training and slate of policymaker meetings these Science Network members are organizing to protect science-based decision-making.
- 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.
- 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.