Science Deniers

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.

 

Educate Yourself on Climate Change

Your DGB for today is to arm yourself with the basic facts of climate change.

Yes, climate change is real. Yes, humans caused it. Yes, most of us accept scientific consensus. But, we’ve all been in that conversation. The one about the weather that turns into a mention of climate change, which leads to a denier starting in on global warming being a hoax or it being part of a natural cycle or something. Despite wanting to refute, you don’t have a ton of talking points aside from “science. It’s a thing.” Well, DGB has rounded up a great source that’s easy to read, understand, and explain. It’s handily categorized by Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument, and Levels of Sophistication. Peruse this today, and bookmark for your next conversation with your father-in-law.

How to talk to a Climate Change Denier

You may not change the mind of a true denier or peddler of alternative facts, but you might plant the seeds in those around you.

 

Become a Citizen Scientist with Crowd-Sourced Research

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!”     

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!”