Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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Plans A, B, and C. Just outside New Orleans. Photo: Adm CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 (Flickr).

Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities.

Alex Ghenis, , UCS

Climate activism tends to frame climate change as a problem to be solved by fighting against it, raising calls to reduce emissions in order to minimize or avoid the consequences of climate change (“climate mitigation”). But, climate change is here to stay, and we need to include everyone in our adaptation plans. Read more >

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Worker Memorial Day: 13 Workplace Fatalities Occur Every Day in the United States

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Amidst the groundswell of information, energy, and genuine excitement around last week’s March for Science and the upcoming People’s Climate March, there’s another global and national event that should not get lost in the mix.

This one relates to workers—you know, those dedicated and hardy souls that are the backbone of what makes America great. Read more >

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A Peer Review of the March For Science

Geoffrey Supran, , UCS

This past weekend, the March For Science drew hundreds of thousands of scientists and science supporters onto the streets in 600 locations on six continents. It was, by most accounts (including those of science historians), an unprecedented event. But big-picture speaking, how did it do? Read more >

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I’m Elise, and I’m a Scientist Marching in the Peoples Climate March. This Is Why.

Elise Tolbert, , UCS

There have been times throughout history when great people have acted to better unfortunate situations.  However, if we examine social and political history you will find times where man had great opportunity to act but did not. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged this behavior by questioning, “How can a man sleep through a revolution?” With a consensus among scientists that climate change is attributed to human activities, we have a unique opportunity unlike any other to exhibit consciousness in the face of a changing climate. Read more >

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