Science

Get Your Candidate on the Record About Science

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For reasons that are still somewhat mysterious to us at DGB, science has become completely politically polarized. Despite the fact that it’s an umbrella term that touches everything from food to fuel to smartphones, one side has come out staunchly against science as if it’s a placeholder term for witchcraft. But as the oceans fill with trash, temperatures rise, and the GOP administration continues to drill, dig, and burn, the stakes have never been higher. The organization Science Debate has been pinning down political candidates on their science policies for the past ten years. They need your help getting candidates to participate. Your DGB for today is to go to this website and find out what Science Debate is asking the candidates in this cycle: http://sciencedebate.org/sciencedebate-index.html

Go here to participate in an online petition to get your candidates motivated to respond: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/every-candidate-on-record-about-science?source=direct_link&referrer=group-sciencedebate

Or if you want to do things the old fashioned way, find your candidate here and send their campaign an email or phone call: https://ballotpedia.org/List_of_candidates_running_in_U.S._Congress_elections,_2018

We need politicians that understand how important this topic is and aren’t afraid to put their thoughts in writing.

 

PHaEDRA

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Your DGB for today is to get involved with project PHaEDRA by transcribing the turn-of-the-century handwritten notebooks of women in astronomy.

If you loved Hidden Figures, geek out over star charts, or have ever dreamed of going to space camp, you might be perfect to help Project PHaEDRA (Preserving Harvard’s Early Data & Research in Astronomy). This transcription project aims to record and digitize a collection of 2500 notebooks written by women working in the early days of modern astronomy. Digitizing the books will allow them to be searchable and useful to researchers and educators everywhere.

Sign up, read the tutorials, and then jump on in. Every page transcribed gets the project closer to completion, and when everyone will be able to see these amazing contributions by women in science.

 

Talk Stormy To Me

Today’s DGB is to collect some data and help fight climate change.

Do you unironically enjoy the movie Twister? Do you include local meteorologists on your list of favorite celebrities? Have you been known to watch the Weather Channel even when you have no plans to go leave the house? Well, my friend, today’s Grab is for you!

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a non-profit organization working to collect and maintain precipitation data using a national army of volunteers. This data is used by everyone, from local teams of emergency and community officials, to the big leagues (or is it bigly…) like the National Weather Service.

CoCoRaHS provides training and you will need a high-capacity rain gauge (they have an official CoCoRaHS one), and we found a few on Amazon too.

Submit your application to become an official CoCoRaHS observer here: https://www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx

 

People’s Climate March

Your DGB for today is to prepare to participate in or support the upcoming People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29th.

April has been a busy month for marches. We started with the Tax March, then the March for Science, and now it’s time for the People’s Climate March. We know it’s hard work getting out there every weekend and we commend you for doing it and showing 45 that we aren’t backing down. We know it bugs him, because his angry and often incoherent tweets tend to rev up on the day of and day after marches. If you are starting to feel the burn from all this political exercise, review our blog on how to combat protest fatigue.

The official march is taking place in DC, but if you can’t make it there, there are tons of sister marches across the country, and even buses available for you to join some of the larger marches. Make sure you carpool with friends, or take one of the many buses to the march to reduce your carbon footprint. Can’t make it to the march, but want to support it and our climate? Check out the social media resources page to find hashtags, post ideas, and different graphics you can share to show your support for the earth and the People’s Climate March.


Want even more ways to fight 45’s anti-science and climate change denying policies? Check out the Political Action Toolkit, which offers things like state specific resources, talking points for attending a town hall or calling your representatives, and art and signs for protesting.