Today we published two educational resources to help scientists safely and effectively speak up for science, and know what to do if they end up in political crosshairs. “Safeguarding Online Communications” is a practical guide to expressing one’s views and engaging in activism, while minimizing the risk of threats and attacks. And the new edition of “Handling Political Harassment and Legal Intimidation” has information about whistleblowing and participating in advocacy and activism.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund filed comments on November 26 in support of a rule proposed by the EPA, which would require contractors who perform scientific work or provide scientific advice to the EPA to abide by the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy. While we believe the proposed rule needs some adjustments and additions, overall we support it as a positive development for scientific integrity at the agency
Today we released a joint report, “Protecting Science at Federal Agencies: How Congress Can Help,” that describes the tools Congress should use to bring back evidence-based policymaking. Authored by 16 leading advocacy organizations, the report is part of an effort to remove political interference and protect the role of science in the policymaking process.
Here's a video of a recent workshop led by CSLDF attorneys Lauren Kurtz and Augusta Wilson, and held in collaboration with 500 Women Scientists DC and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The presentation is meant to help scientists from all disciplines understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and how to handle different legal situations.