By: Phone2Action

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Social media has revolutionized the way we consume news. Whether it’s scrolling through your Twitter feed first thing in the morning or reading articles your friends share on Facebook, what we see online has a lot of impact on the way we engage with civic issues. Millennials and Gen Z are particularly savvy when it comes to social media, with 81% of Gen Z believing they can have an impact on social and environmental issues by using social media, according to the 2017 Cone Gen Z CSR Study: How to Speak Z.

This is a generation that is…

By Dr. Lauren Esposito

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I grew up in a science family. My parents are both biologists, my grandfather was an engineering professor, my younger sister is a biologist, and three of my five nieces and nephews are biology majors in college. It almost seems like I was predestined to grow up and become a biologist too, and I think anyone who knew me as a (hard-headed and inquisitive) child would agree. I’ve never questioned whether I belong in science, but even now — living in what I would call the gayest city on Earth — I’m the only queer PI…

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Summer is officially in full swing and with it comes the season of weekend getaways and extended excursions. Every year, tens of millions of Americans travel both within the U.S. and abroad. Last year alone over 87 million international trips were taken by U.S. residents, according to an annual report by the International Trade Association, with most trips taking place during the summer months. While all modes of transportation have an impact on the planet, air travel in particular comes with a heavy burden. …

By: Sharna Lunn

When I am asked how I identify myself, the first thing I say is I’m a scientist.

This introduction can be off-putting when chatting to the general public. Science is often depicted as an inaccessible monolith in society that produces goods in an anonymous manner. For many people, to so much as attempt to understand science would do little more than insult their intellect, despite the benefits of science being as clear as the phone in their hands. For those that were to disagree with this statement, may have to look inwardly to the privileges they have…

By: Phone2Action

In the age of information, access to science has never been easier. People who grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy while their teachers used SmartBoards recognize science and technology’s ability to innovate while creating much needed change. The Atlantic explains, “by its nature, science holds some of the only solutions that are applicable across national, religious and cultural boundaries.” However, many modern issues in the scientific field are clouded by policy and partisan protocol.

So how can this generation persuade members in Congress to understand the importance of science-and the politics that surround it? …

Come join us at our inaugural Summit that this is bringing all members of the science advocacy community together, from artists to scientists to educators to organizers. Registration is now open!

The future of science advocacy depends on coordinated action and diverse perspectives, yet few spaces exist for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue. The S|GNS (Science | Government, Institutions & Society) Summit seeks to change that.

This July, the March for Science will host this network-wide meeting for emerging and established leaders across fields to share knowledge, build community, and develop their skills as science advocates, educators, and organizers.

The Summit will offer a range of programming that aims to provide participants with training in practical skill and knowledge building, resource sharing and collaboration, community building and networking, and empowerment and breaking…

By: Samantha Green, Wiley

Photo by Neil Conway.

Bringing Science to the People

We often hear that knowledge itself is power, and maybe because of this aphorism, access to knowledge is not balanced across the world. But the potential of knowledge and science to offer solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems is limitless. Scientific thought gives us freedom and agency because with the tools of inquiry, experimentation, and analysis we have the power to question the world around us.

And yet, attitudes toward science and scholarship constantly shift all around the world, and in countries like the United States, are becoming increasingly dismissive.

Some skepticism around…

By: Dr. Brittany Kamai, California Institute of Technology Fellow

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The future of science feels like Hawai’i

I grew up in the warmth of the islands felt from both the sunshine and our people. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful, multi-cultural, rainforest welcomes visitors from every part of the world. As I became a physicist, I saw that science shares this global attraction. However, the practices of interacting with others is much more frigid. For some, this inhibits their ability to bring their best selves to the problem-solving table. Hawai’i can serve as a model for how to value each person, which ultimately will enrich…

Contributed blog post from Cool Effect

Photo provided courtesy of Cool Effect. The Alto Mayo rainforest.

Making meaningful charitable donations in lieu of physical gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day has been an increasing trend over the past couple of years, but there is still progress to be made!

According to a recent study, of the 86 percent of Americans that will celebrate Mother’s Day in 2018, it is expected that $23.1 billion will be spent this year, with the average spend per person at $180. And of that spend, the top three rankings of purchases are: jewelry, outings (like dinner and brunch) and flowers.

In Lieu of a Physical Gift

While we have nothing against…

Contributed blog post from Cool Effect. Cool Effect is a Bay Area-based nonprofit that oversees an online platform where individuals can support funding for a collection of carefully-selected carbon reduction projects that are triple-verified and certifiably additional.

Photo provided courtesy of Cool Effect. Demonstrates the carbon emissions released by the plane.

Calculating your personal carbon footprint is tricky business. A simple Google search generates results for dozens of calculators each with different capabilities. For example, one flight calculator may only account for fuel mileage whereas another may account for additional factors such as the release of vapors or radiative forcing. …

Eliana Stanislawski

Communications Fellow with the March for Science

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