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Topic: Advocacy

Advocate for a change you believe in. Your position may be science-informed, and it likely also reflects your values. Effective advocacy requires building common cause and gaining trust in your community.


ESAL Articles and Events about Advocacy

Article - Jan 12, 2022
Local Science Engagement Network: Equipping Scientists for Policy Impact

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with the Local Science Engagement Network's campaign director Daniel Barry to learn more about how the program aims to equip scientists with tools for building long-term relationships with policymakers.

Article - Nov 30, 2021
Biologist Steps Up to Empower Environmental Justice Communities with Data

ESAL spoke with biologist, environmental and social justice advocate, and founder Monica Unseld about her experiences with environmental justice and how they have shaped her efforts in empowering communities to hold large corporations responsible for adequate public health.

Article - Jul 25, 2021
Materials Chemist Brings His Science-Based Activism to New York

ESAL interviewed material scientist Omar Gowayed about his journey to becoming a laser researcher and science activist. We discuss how identity and interests come together to motivate efforts that focus on bridging connections between the public and evidence-based research.

Article - Dec 13, 2020
Conservation Federation of Missouri: Protecting the State’s Natural Resources

The Conservation Federation of Missouri's (CFM) mission is to ensure that the state’s wildlife, natural resources, and rich outdoor heritage are preserved through advocacy, education, and partnerships. ESAL spoke with Colton Zirkle, education and communications coordinator at CFM, to learn more about their work advocating for the Missouri outdoors.

Article - Mar 22, 2020
Graduate Students Advocate for Transportation Safety in Houston

Kathryn Kundrod and Mary Natoli are Ph.D. candidates in the bioengineering graduate program at Rice University and active members of Rice University’s Cycling and Triathlon Club. ESAL interviewed them about their advocacy for transportation safety around campus and broadly in the City of Houston.

Article - Dec 23, 2019
Joining an Advisory Board or Commission

Our latest playbook guide aims to help you find an entry point into local policy engagement through service on an advisory board or commission. We walk you through how to overcome some of the common barriers, including identifying an advisory board and preparing for your interview and service.

Article - Dec 16, 2019
ESAL Joins Science & Democracy Event at AGU Fall Meeting

On December 10, 2019, geoscientists and policy enthusiasts joined for a Science & Democracy happy hour in San Francisco, a public event that coincided with the American Geophysical Union’s 2019 Fall Meeting. The event was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists along with ESAL and other partner organizations.

Article - Nov 13, 2019
Scholars Strategy Network Helps Top Researchers Tackle Tough Problems

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) empowers the nation’s top researchers to harness their knowledge to inform policy at every level. Over 1,000 members in 49 states apply their expertise to real-world problems and use the SSN to connect with decision makers and have an impact in their communities.

Article - Oct 5, 2019
Advocating for Policy in the State Legislature

Our latest playbook guide aims to help you advocate for policies at the state level. We share ideas and tips for how to identify stakeholders and set up effective meetings to make your voice heard on issues you care about.

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