This piece was originally posted on the COMPASS blog.
The 2020 Presidential election is occurring within a context unlike any other. Over the past few months, the U.S. has experienced unprecedented wildfire and hurricane seasons, threatening communities and ecosystems across the country. And, looming over this election is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that predominantly impacts communities of color. As the current administration continues to downplay these environmental and public health crises, it is more critical than ever that scientists (and other experts) provide the leadership we are currently lacking.