On Friday, April 28, 2017 we hosted a workshop at Columbia Law School for the 17 law professors participating in our new Campus Rep Program. Motivated by a shared desire to defend climate science, these attorneys have volunteered to help scientists on their campuses understand how to protect themselves against harassment and legal attacks.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected. The brochure is available as a free download to print and share. We’ll also mail copies free of charge to academic departments, organizations, and individuals to distribute.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the March for Science, which will occur in Washington D.C. on April 22, 2017 and at more than 400 satellite locations around the world. The mission of the March — call to support publicly communicated scientific research and evidence-based policies — is closely aligned with our mission to protect the scientific endeavor.
In this series we profile scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. What these researchers experienced, how they responded, and the lessons they learned provide valuable guidance for other scientists, and will help all readers understand the issues climate scientists may encounter because of their work. First in the series is Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk Community College.
At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning scientists and academics experience problems after advocating for science (e.g., here) or taking a personal political stance (e.g., here or here). What’s a scientist to do? Don’t fret; prep. If you are one of the many scientists considering participating in the March for Science or engaging in other science-related activism, we are here to arm you with tools that will help you avoid ending up in political crosshairs.