science activism

Man holding Science Rising sign on city street

This Election Showed Science Really Is Rising!

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Back in January 2020, the scientific community (like much of the country) was gearing up for “the most important election of our lifetime.” Building off the successes from the 2018 midterms, Science Rising was ready to mobilize people to fight for science, equity, and justice by focusing on increasing STEM student voter turnout. Of course, civic engagement and voter turnout this year looked much different than we were envisioning. But our network of science organizations and students across the country embraced new and creative ways to make sure that their communities and campuses were registered, had the information they needed in order to vote safely, and were able to turn out in record numbers across the country. Read more >

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Hope and a 250-mile Bike Ride Through Colorado with a Mother-Daughter Duo

Melissa McShea Valentin, , UCS

Melissa and Natalie Valentin are a mother-daughter duo devoted to sports and biking for the planet. But, with wildfires raging across the West and a president actively reversing our country’s progress on climate change, they have been finding it very hard to be hopeful about the future of the planet lately. Rather than give in to climate despair, they joined Climate Ride Colorado in order to meet other inspiring riders and to become a part of the Climate Ride community. They were looking to reinvigorate their optimism and activism by raising money for charities working on climate (one antidote to a lack of spending on our government’s part) and surrounding themselves by similarly committed activists. They hope that their story inspires you to fundraise for the Union of Concerned Scientists or other climate charities by registering at 

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