Your DGB for today is to check out the Citizen Science Alliance. and find a project to which you’d be willing to contribute. The Citizen Science Alliance works to put research scientists together with ordinary people, like you and me, to crowd-source science. Choose from a list of active projects all over the world and get nerdy with us. Some of the projects require you to examine images: rain forest canopies, gravitational waves, or traces of meteor activity; while others will only require a tiny fraction of your computer’s processing power to analyze data on a range of research projects. Still others need your eagle eyes on wildlife cams or help in transcribing oral history. Do as much or as little as you like.
Science is currently under attack in the US. Anti-science positions like climate change denial, creationism, anti-vaccination, and anti-stem cell research are commonplace among policy makers. These science deniers are in all levels of politics; starting local, like the board of education, and climbing all the way up Capitol Hill. We now have a President-elect who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and who is tapping anti-science figures left and right for cabinet positions. Trump’s pick for head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, doesn’t take climate change seriously. Neither does former Gov. TX Rick Perry, his pick for Secretary of Energy. The proposed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier. In short, Trump’s administration has the potential to be the most anti-science and anti-environment cabinet in a long time...maybe ever. This should scare the pants off of all of us, if you’re prone to wearing pants.
In addition to this DGB you can also vote for pro-science candidates in the mid-term elections and support organizations that defend and value science, like the ones outlined in this article, in addition to the National Center for Science Education and Union of Concerned Scientists.
As the wise Bill Nye says “Science Rules!”