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District Visits Days

August is the time when you can meet with your Congressional representatives without coming to Washington. Join GSA in this year’s Geoscience Congressional District Visits Days (GEO-DVD) from 1–14 August and meet with your elected representatives when they return to their home districts!

Particularly in this constrained budget environment, it is important for Members of Congress to hear about the importance of research from their constituents. In addition, geoscientists can serve as an important resource for congressional members and staff. When you visit your representatives, you have the chance to communicate the importance of geoscience to your district and to offer your expertise on topics of concern to your region. Energy, natural hazards, clean air and water, the effects of climate change, and the overall importance of basic research are all critical policy issues, and it’s important to lend your voice to the discussion.

At the 2014 AGU Science Policy Conference, Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD), speaking on the subject of scientists influencing policy, said,

“It's really different to hear from a scientist or a researcher in your congressional district, in your community, someone that you represent and someone that you could grow to trust if only you knew them. And I think when that happens we will have a better capacity to make public policy decisions that will pay off in the future.”

More information

GSA can give you the tools you need to prepare for and arrange a meeting in your district! Contact Kasey White, , or Jessica Ball, , by 31 July to participate in GSA’s District Visits Days (1-14 August).

For information about GSA’s stance on geoscience issues, please read our Official Position Statements here.

To learn more about what you might expect to happen on a visit, visit this page of resources from the American Geosciences Institute.

Who should you be talking to? Look up your senators and your representatives.

Geoscience Congressional District Visits Days are supported by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

 

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