10 September 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-35
The 2012 presidential and congressional elections are quickly approaching. The economy and unemployment may grab most of the headlines, but the Earth and space sciences also play a vital role in our nation’s and states’ prosperity. Scientific and technological innovation, education, and discovery will continue to help provide our nation with growth and security in the future. From satellites that predict severe weather to understanding how ocean acidification affects the shellfish industry, science is at the forefront in providing answers to challenging societal issues.
AGU has created a new U.S. Elections website as a tool to assist its members and other scientists in making an impact in the elections by becoming involved and asking the right questions. Resources include a listing of regional Earth and space science issues, tips on attending town halls and writing op-eds, and science questions to ask candidates, just to name a few. When many people ask candidates questions about science policy or publish op-eds about science issues facing their communities, we collectively show the value of science to society and make those issues even more important to legislators.
Your voice as a scientist is important to this year’s elections. Visit the website and speak out!