Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.

Our shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and to fight back against efforts that sideline science from its crucial role in our democracy.

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April 2018

Submit Art for Science Rising

April 9 - May 15

The Union of Concerned Scientists is awarding grants to artists across the country who submit winning proposals for public-facing art that highlights the role science plays in protecting our health and safety, and the critical role we all play in ensuring that science isn’t sidelined.

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Join the movement to ban harmful fracking in San Luis Obispo

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on April 28, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on April 21, 2018 at 12:00pm

Whole Foods Market, 1531 Froom Ranch Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States
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The Coalition to Protect SLO County is gathering signatures to get a measure that would ban fracking and dangerous oil drilling on the November ballot.

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Rally for Public Lands

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us in standing up for public lands by pushing back against dangerous ideologues. We’ll be protesting and passing out informational materials outside of the the Range Rights Symposium, which will include prominent and controversial anti-public lands and anti-environment leaders.

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Berkeley Earth Day

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate our vision for a sustainable future. Get inspired and connect with eco-minded comrades and learn how you can further reduce your impact on the planet and have fun doing it!

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Facebook Live: What’s the Latest on the Farm Bill?

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The farm bill shapes every aspect of our food system, from farm to fork.  Join experts from the Food and Environment program at UCS for a Facebook Live to learn what's in the House farm bill, how it affects you, and how you can help make it better. 

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“What’s In There?” Workshop and Advocacy Day!

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State St.
Albany, NY 12210 United States
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We invite you to a FREE workshop and advocacy day (lunch included). Hear from national experts about the impact of chemicals on our health. Get tips on how to advocate for more information and safer solutions. Put your knowledge into action in the afternoon as we speak with policymakers.

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Social Justice Movie Night: Taking Root

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Suns Cinema, 3107 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010 United States
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"Taking Root" tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. A discussion will follow the screening with special invited speakers.

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Illinois Environmental Council Lobby Day

April 26
Illinois State Capitol Building, 501 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL 62756 United States
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On Thursday, April 26th Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Sierra Club, and Faith in Place supporters will be gathering in Springfield for the 2018 Environmental Lobby day. We know that these events have been vital in passing important environmental policies in past years, and it will be more important than ever that we make sure state legislators hear our concerns loud and clear.

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Giving Voice, Being Seen: Community Agency and Design Action in a Time of Climate Change

April 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Climate change affects everyone, but it does not impact all communities equally. This one-day symposium will examine the intersections of climate change, urbanism, and environmental justice, and the ways in which diverse voices contribute to or are excluded from climate change conversations.

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Talk and discussion on “Do models of public engagement developed in the north apply in the south?”

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mandel G03, 415 South St.
Waltham, MA 01453 United States
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Professor Larry Susskind from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT will be giving a talk titled, "Do models of public engagement developed in the North apply equally well in the South?"

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City Nature Challenge 2018: New York City

April 27 @ 12:00 am - April 30 @ 11:30 pm
All 5 NYC boroughs New York, NY United States + Google Map

New York City needs YOU to help find all of the creatures that call our city home. The NYC branch of the City Nature Challenge asks all New Yorkers to become citizen scientists and contribute to a global biodiversity database using the free iNaturalist app!

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May 2018

Workshop: Evidence-Based Policy through Public Comment

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Seattle Public Library – Fremont Branch, 731 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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Looking to contribute your expertise and experience to evidence-based policy? This workshop introduces one of the most accessible avenues to do so: public comment on federal regulations.

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Arid Lands Symposium: Integrating Research into Action

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256 United States
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This two-day Symposium will focus on sharing practical regional conservation approaches and research results with a goal to improve adaptive natural resource management in this arid region.

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Women in Global Policy

May 14 @ 9:00 am - May 18 @ 5:00 pm

Experience what it's really like to work in international policy in the world's leading private corporations and nonprofits, on Capitol Hill, and in US Agencies directly from women leaders while developing your professional skills, networks, and confidence.

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Can California Go Fossil Free? A panel discussion

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive CA United States + Google Map

Join community and movement leaders to discuss how California can be a global model for how to transition from a major oil-producing state to a new economy based on equity, justice, and 100% renewable energy.

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Online Training: How to Organize an Event that Makes an Impact

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You've marched, you've tweeted, maybe you've even written a public comment in defense of science. UCS invites you to an online training to help you organize a successful event and take your advocacy to the next level. Stand up for science and force our elected officials to take action.

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June 2018

Science-a-thon 2018

June 18 - June 22

Science-a-thon is a five day celebration of science and scientists - from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries!

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Science Action Day Mini-Conference in Milwaukee

June 23
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI United States + Google Map

Milwaukee Area Science Advocates (MASA) will hold a Science Action Day Mini-Conference within a Milwaukee neighborhood experiencing high lead exposures.

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August 2018

Empowering Puerto Rican Scientists to be Science Policy Stewards

August 1
Centro Criollo de Ciencia y Tecnologia, 59 Av. Gautier Benítez
Caguas, 00725 Puerto Rico
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The first Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network will be kick-started through a one-day live and streamed workshop in Puerto Rico that will connect science policy experts and Federal agency representatives (e.g. USDA, CDC, FDA, NIH) with local scientists, explore opportunities for scientific advocacy and engagement in policy deliberations, and discuss strategies to monitor appropriate local implementation of Federal laws and regulations.

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October 2018

Tennessee STEAM Festival

October 12 - October 21
Tennessee TN United States + Google Map

The inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival inaugurated in 2017, and is coming back in 2018 even bigger than before.

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November 2018

East Coast Science Advocacy Hub Science Policy Symposium

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Greenberg Building, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave
New York, 10065 United States
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ECSAH and the NY based student group SEPA will be hosting a day long science policy and diplomacy symposium on November 10th at the Rockefeller University in NYC. More details soon!

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