Union of Concerned Scientists

WEEK 16: The Union of Concerned Scientists

Hello GIVE52 crew! In honor of Earth Day this Saturday, this week's organization is The Union of Concerned Scientists. In these trying times, science and evidence-based policy are in danger. It can all seem so very overwhelming and it is easy to throw our hands up and think that there isn't anything you or I can do.

But, in those moments of despair, I am reminded of a passage from my favorite book to read my son, Ollie:

Welp, here we are, and we care. We care a whole awful lot.

The Union of Concerned Scientists mission is to "put rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems." Joining with citizens across the country, they combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. They believe in sharing information, systematically seeking the truth, and letting scientific findings guide conclusions and actions.

Really importantly, to preserve their independence and integrity, they rely on individuals for funding, not the government or corporations. The Union of Concerned Scientists are united by a central concern: that we need sound and unbiased scientific analysis to create a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

Their scientists and engineers work on issues from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Unbiased and thorough science is of the utmost importance. Future generations are depending on us.

I am so excited to support science this week. I believe in facts. I believe in us.

I believe in a better future.

Here's to caring more and fighting for our little blue planet. I hope you have a fantastic week!


PS: If you are interested, check out The March for Science which is happening all over the country on earth day. "The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians—it is about the very real role that science plays in all of our lives and the essential role it must play in shaping decisions and policies that affect us all." See you there.