The Center for Rural Affairs will track 2020 Iowa caucus candidates and their responses on clean energy and climate, while also conducting a media campaign featuring individual advisors and the unique perspective they bring. CFRA seeks to expand the number of rural citizens committed to voting for clean energy candidates and advocating for policy change.
March for Science Iowa, in collaboration with the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will host an Iowa Science Issues Forum, featuring two panel discussions. In the first, leaders in science education, agriculture, the environment, technology and related areas will discuss what science issues are important to Iowans and what they want to hear from candidates. The second discussion will feature Iowa political reporters discussing how science issues surface in the campaign and how Iowans can ensure candidates take positions on these vital subjects.
Climate Debate is a non-partisan briefing highlighting what the 2020 presidential candidates are saying about climate change and environmental science along with relevant links to their speeches and coverage of their campaign events. The series will be a great way for voters to learn more about the Democratic presidential candidates and how much each lets environmental science shape their views. Climate Debate will be syndicated on politicalwire.com as well as the Daily Kos.
Funding from Science Debate will be used to organize a series of workshops for women scientists in the 500 Women Scientists network to build effective communication skills, from writing press releases and building working relationships with local media ecosystem. Collectively, these trainings will also offer women scientists the skills to effectively engage political candidates on science issues.
Funding will be used to support the 2019 Washtenaw County Consensus Conference, a community discussion on reliable access of clean water for health, livelihood, and production. This conference will gather a representative sample of community members from around Washtenaw County, give them information on the issues, let them directly talk with relevant experts, and then allow them to give their recommendations to policy makers. This process is unique in that it creates a structured, interactive dialogue between experts and the community, empowering citizens to make informed statements on the issues directly affecting them.