What Is Science Rising?

Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort that fights for science, justice, and equity in our democracy. We launched in 2018 with a series of actions, events, and activities organized by many different groups around the country, including everything from Wikipedia edit-a-thons to rallies to candidate forums. Read more about what we accomplished.

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Why we rise

Right now powerful decision makers are actively sidelining science, facts, and evidence for their own political and financial gain at the expense of the public interest. This threatens our health, well-being, and safety. It amplifies existing inequities. And it compromises justice for the many communities that face disproportionate and growing impacts from air and water pollution, climate change, and food security, among many other critical issues.

At the same time, it is also clear that there’s enormous energy to put science to work for justice and the public good. Over the past few years, we’ve seen an uprising of grassroots organizations and activists around the country who are standing up to attacks on science, defending against divisive assaults on our multi-cultural society, and mobilizing to reclaim democratic power in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Science Rising was created to affirm and energize that long-term commitment to science as a tool for justice—and to build a broad, long-term movement to carry these values forward in the years to come. Together, we can send the strong message that the scientific community—and indeed, anyone who cares about the crucial role of science in our democracy—will fight to advance science for change and progress.

These are the core principles of Science Rising

Science should support equity and justice. All too often, the benefits of scientific and technological advances have not been equitably shared. It is not enough to develop solutions that improve health, security, and the environment at a general level; science can and should be applied to reduce racial, social, and economic inequities.

Our health and safety depend on science. We cannot fully protect Americans’ health and safety without access to science. Vital science-based protections prevent exposure to lead, mercury, and unsafe pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products, along with many other threats to our food, air, and water.

We all suffer when science becomes partisan. Science is non-partisan and should inform decision making no matter which party is in power. All government officials should be expected to resist the temptation to politicize science or muzzle scientific experts. We must be vigilant to ensure that publicly funded and independent science is never suppressed, censored, or manipulated. 

A healthy democracy requires honesty and accountability. Lying to the public for private or political gain is always wrong. We should all be able to know the facts, even when they are inconvenient—especially when they are inconvenient. Public officials and private interests should face consequences when they mislead the public. 

The public has a right to know. Taxpayers have a right to access the methodology and results of public research, and to privately funded scientific information that can help keep us safe. The public has a right to access scientific information, especially when the information has implications for public health and safety. 

We all need to stand up for science. All of us—not just scientists but also educators, business people, and other concerned individuals—need to speak out when science is ignored, manipulated, or censored. Such actions undermine our democracy, inhibit progress, increase inequity, and lead to decisions that endanger our health and safety. The scientific community can and should foster a culture of science advocacy that encourages scientists and those who want to protect science to engage in their local communities and participate in the policymaking and political process.

Who are we? Partners of Science Rising

Science Rising is a broad-based effort collectively organized by many different participating organizations and individuals. The Union of Concerned Scientists supports and maintains the Science Rising website.

Any group or individual who hosted an event in 2018 is considered a valuable partner of Science Rising (though you do not need to organize an event to join the movement). Some groups are taking a more active leadership role in this effort; they are listed below as organizing and coalition partners. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the overall Science Rising effort, please email us at partners@sciencerising.org.

Organizing partners

Coalition Partners

Participating Organizations

Science Rising does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The views expressed by our partners are their own and do not constitute the views or position of Science Rising.