Watchdog for Science Toolkit

Union of Concerned Scientists created a toolkit to help members and their local communities take action against threatening environmental issues in the current political climate.


The guide urges scientist and communities to engage with local decision makers to protect public health and the environment. UCS’ network is comprised of 20,000 scientists using their expertise for the public good.


Take Action:

UCS outlines ways to align your interests and concerns in collective/community action that fits your schedule. Below is a compiled short list of opportunities:

1.     Sign up here to help watchdog for science,

2.     Sign on here for Science and the Public Interest: An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump and the 115th Congress

3.     Join here for other efforts to support science

4.     Let federal scientists know how to communicate concerns securely and anonymously with UCS.

5.     Call each US senator’s state director or chief of staff. Find your senators’ websites and contact information here.

6.     Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.

Mobilization and community Engagement Resources

UCS prepared fact sheets that give emerging leaders opportunities to help influence people to get involved and take action.

·       Using Social Media

·       Hosting a Letter-Writing Party

·       Hosting a Public Education Event with Community Groups

·       Organizing a Call-In Day

·       Strengthening Your Impact through Collaboration

·       Talking with Your Elected Officials at Public Events

·       Writing a Sign-On Letter

·       Crowdsourcing “How-To” on Writing Letters to the Editor (Join our LinkedIn group and contribute your ideas!)



Date: 2017
Strategic Approach: Engagement
Strategic Approach: Engagement

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