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***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS WEEKEND PINNED POST***
SCIENCE IS AWESOME.
Sat 4/22 is Earth Day and it's also the March For Science, which will be followed one week later with the People's Climate March. These back-to-back events are intended to bring public attention to the very real ways in which the Trump administration is directly threatening science—as Media Matters writes "The Trump administration has appointed a climate denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed budget cuts that would eliminate billions of dollars for scientific research programs, called climate-related government programs “a waste of money,” and banned the use of the term “climate change” at the Department of Energy (http://www.politico.com/…/energy-department-climate-change-…). As for the rest of the GOP, House Republicans have passed bills that would “stifle science at the EPA,” and the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has endorsed climate science denial and bogus accusations of data manipulation promulgated by propaganda outlet Breitbart.com. The committee has also held a hearing aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change."
Here's the NYT on Trump's War On Science: https://www.nytimes.com/…/the-trump-administrations-war-on-…
And here are some things you can do:
1. [from Wall-of-Us and Rise Stronger] Stand with science and the environment by commenting to the EPA here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190. The EPA is asking for public comment about the existing environmental protections it’s moving to dismantle.
If you want a policy expert to help craft a comment or want to join environment/science policy working groups to be a watchdog against Trump, email the good folks at Rise Stronger: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Did you know that not all Republicans hate science?! Yes, it's true! In fact, in March 17 GOP House members signed on to a Republican Climate Resolution. It hasn't made much progress in the House, but check this out and see if your Rep is one of the supporters—if so, call and thank her/him!
3. Feel like donating today? Consider supporting an organization that supports women + girls in the sciences:
The Association for Women in Science: https://www.awis.org/
Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/
Latinas in STEM: http://www.latinasinstem.com/
National Girls Collaborative Project: http://ngcproject.org/
4. Finally, some book recommendations!
Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781607749769…
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780553446791
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062363596
And this great round-up of science books from 2016:https://www.brainpickings.org/…/12/07/best-science-books-2…/