Taking Action: Before and After the March for Science

31 March 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-7

March for Science Webinar

Whether you’re attending a March for Science or not, tune in to our webinar, Marching for Science … and Beyond! on 13 April 2017 at 2 P.M. ET. In the first half of the webinar, you’ll hear how you can amplify the value of science to your community and about the customized AGU resources to help you. In the second half, AGU staff will be taking questions about the March for Science. To learn more about ways you can engage during and after the march, register today!

Consider Submitting a Policy Session for Fall Meeting 2017

Submit your great idea for a science policy session at Fall Meeting today. Choose Public Affairs from the Section and Focus Group list to submit your science policy session abstract. The deadline for submissions is 19 April.

Congress is Out!

From 8-22 April, members of Congress will be back home in their districts and states for the April recess. Over the next few weeks, AGU will be sharing ten ways you can show your support for strong science in your community and around the world! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for our videos and resources to help you get started.

Apply for AGU’s 2017 Congressional Visit Day (CVD)

If you’re an AGU member from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, or Mississippi consider applying for AGU’s 2017 CVD. If you’re not a resident of one of this year’s target states, here are ten ways you can take action today!

Take Action:

If you have ten minutes…

  • Send a letter to your policymakers urging them to make a strong investment in U.S. science and research. The President’s budget suggests dramatic cuts to several of our nation’s key science agencies, but Congress has the final say on these agencies’ budgets. Share with your policymakers the importance of these agencies to your community and the nation, and the critical need to keep them funded.

If you have one minute…

  • The President’s budget proposes to increase defense spending by $54 billion, and to take that money from non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending. NDD spending includes funding for science agencies, including EPA, DOE Office of Science, NSF, NASA, NOAA, and USGS. Help amplify science’s voice by tweeting at your legislators about the importance of keeping robust funding for non-defense programs, like science. Forty-three percent of Capitol Hill staffers say social media influences their opinions on issues. Take one minute and stand up for science!

New Science is Essential Website

Learn how Earth and space science impacts our lives and the economy, and share that information with others. AGU recently relaunched Science is Essential as a one-stop shop to take action and get involved in supporting Earth and space science.