New (and Timely) Resources to Take Action on Science Policy Issues

27 October 2014
AGU Science Policy Alert 14-13

Millions of people across the United States make their voices heard by asking political candidates and elected officials about the issues that matter to them. With AGU’s new Policy Action Center and Top Science Issues for Congress websites, it’s never been easier to engage policymakers and impact issues affecting your science.

Don’t delay – nationwide voting for Federal, state, and local elections (4 November) are quickly approaching.

Top Science Policy Issues for Congress

AGU’s Top Science Policy Issues for Congress is an interactive website that enables you to get a rundown of the important science policy issues facing your state, whether they are drought and wildfire hazards in California, wetland loss in Florida, or fracking in Pennsylvania. Armed with facts provided on your state’s page, you can effectively communicate with candidates before Election Day, asking them how they plan to address issues important to your state and your science.

Policy Action Center

The AGU Policy Action Center provides the capabilities to engage your members of Congress through email, phone calls, and social media, as well as resources like legislator and candidate look-up functions. Additionally, the site has a comprehensive news feed covering a wide range of science policy issues, enabling you to stay up-to-date on current events.

From the home page, clicking on the “Share Your Story” feature provides a great opportunity for scientists to communicate their experiences to AGU and their peers on how their science affects and is affected by policy makers.

Sharing your story has the potential to effect change—AGU’s public affairs team uses these stories in their work with policy makers. Whether federal funding has allowed you to remain in your home state or a lack of support has created issues in research, it is important for policy makers and the public to be aware of how their decisions impact the scientific community. By sharing your story in the Policy Action Center, you can further influence how they view the importance of decisions regarding science policy.

The more scientists who contact their candidates, elected officials, and the public, the more these individuals can see the value of Earth and space science, and the Policy Action Center makes it simple to do just that.

You Can Effect Change

Communicating your support for proscience legislation and research funding to candidates and political representatives can show that the scientific community has a united front on policy issues. Sharing your stories and your knowledge of your state’s science policy issues helps policy makers see the human side to the scientific issues on which they legislate.

AGU’s Policy Action Center and Top Science Policy Issues for Congress site provide simple tools to aid you with these tasks. Acting strongly as a scientific community, you can help build a better tomorrow by cultivating a political environment that better appreciates the value of Earth and space research.