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.
Take action: Sign up to watchdog for science today!
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.
Critical fights: Take action now
Protect Science in the Budget
Use your personal story and expertise to reach out to your legislators.
Lift the Ban on Gun Violence Research at CDC
This is a moment of rare opportunity. Tell your senators to act now.
Defend the Role of Science in the Endangered Species Act
Add your name to our scientist sign-on letter.
Stop the EPA Science Coup
Call on Congress to hold oversight hearings into science at the EPA.
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.