Engaging with Policymakers in the Three Branches of Government

Lauren Kurtz1, Augusta Wilson2 and Susan Rosenthal2, (1)Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), New York, NY, United States, (2)Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), New York, United States
When federal agencies seek to adopt new regulations, they must open the proposed rule to public comment so that people can weigh in on regulations that affect them. Citizens are also encouraged to petition Congress regarding proposed measures. Simultaneously, the court system relies on expert witnesses to explain complicated technical issues to judges and juries.

In this session, we will discuss ways in which scientists can safely and effectively participate in these important processes in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Both scientists and non-scientists have multiple avenues to promote evidence-based policies, and we will provide tips and guidelines for how to do so.