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PAESTA Advocacy

March for Science and #OurEPA
We see the direction of national-level discussions on climate and energy... we see the proposed budget cuts to federal agencies... we see climate data and the words "climate science" being removed from websites... and when scientists are impacted, science teaching and teachers are also impacted. The PAESTA Executive Committee and past presidents of the organization have decided that we can no longer sit by and keep silent with the erosion of science. We encourage our members to stand up for science and science teaching in their own ways, however they feel comfortable and appropriate. The PAESTA leaders have added their voices to the chorus of organizations supporting the March for Science, and we encourage everyone to consider participating in events such as the #OurEPA postcard-writing campaign.

We are an organization of 800 members - individually and as an group, we can make a difference beyond our classroom walls and school buildings for the present and future of Planet Earth.
The PAESTA Executive Committee and past presidents have written a statement to support the national March for Science and the eight Pennsylvania satellite marches (Bethlehem, Doylestown, Erie, East Stroudsburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College).
PAESTA's mission statement declares that we “facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and space science education across the state of Pennsylvania,” as well as “develop and disseminate materials around advocacy for our field.” When science and the scientific method are being challenged, science education is also impacted. Now, more than ever, teachers need access to data from a range of sources, such as satellites to streamflow monitoring stations, to teach students about Earth materials, resources, and hazards/disasters. Most importantly, whether our individual students become future scientists or not, we want each of them to leave our classrooms able to understand why Earth and space science matter. States from South Dakota to Oklahoma to Florida are proposing legislation to challenge teaching scientific subjects such as evolution and climate change. In our own state, school boards are challenging the science content in textbooks. We need to be aware of what is happening at the local and national level and to be ready to support science teaching and science teachers in Pennsylvania.
The full statement can be viewed and downloaded at:
We strongly encourage our PAESTA members and the greater community to find a way to contribute to the efforts of the March for Science. For example, participate in a teach-in. Share your career profile as a science teacher online. Have your students help you prepare a bulletin board, or write poetry, or sketch how science benefits them every day. Join with your fellow supporters by marching for science and/or volunteer to speak at your local march.


Please share with us how you will support the March for Science, so we can collect our members’ stories and celebrate Earth and space science education ( We also encourage you to complete the form a second time, after April 22, to learn of its impacts.


This past Thursday, the President's administration proposed a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality (see Reuters article). The organization 500 Women Scientists is taking a stand, stating that now more than ever, the EPA cannot move backwards. "The EPA must remain a leader in the American environmental movement, and continue and build upon their critical work cleaning up the environment, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting human health" (OurEPA).

What can we do? From classrooms to coffee shops, we are all being asked to write a postcard to the EPA with a short message about how the EPA has made a difference in our lives and communities. It is requested that postcards be mailed to the regional EPA office by April 1st (regional addresses). There is a template for the postcards and suggested topics.

The full postcard program is described here:

Once the postcard is mailed to the EPA, you may want to write another postcard to tell your representative WHY you wrote a postcard to the EPA, and how important protecting the environment is to our communities. Find your rep here and click here to learn about the proposed EPA cuts.

As with the March for Science, please contact us to share if you wrote a postcard, or had your class write postcards for #OurEPA.

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