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Causes: Environment, International, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of citizens and scientists combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.Established in 1969, we seek to ensure that all people have clean air, energy and transportation, as well as food that is produced in a safe and sustainable manner. We strive for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war, and a planet that supports a rich diversity of life. Sound science guides our efforts to secure changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices that will protect and improve the health of our environment globally, nationally and in communities throughout the United States. In short, UCS seeks a great change in humanity's stewardship of the earth.

Programs: The climate and energy program works to limit the magnitude and impacts of climate change and to accelerate the u. S. Transformation to a sustainable clean energy economy. By combining rigorous scientific and technical analysis with advocacy and outreach efforts, the program works to reduce global warming emissions, prevent the worst consequences of climate change from occurring, and help prepare communities for the unavoidable climate impacts that have already been set in motion.

the center for science and democracy endeavors to strengthen american democracy by advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based decision making, and constructive debate as a means to improve the health, security, and prosperity of all people. The center produces original research and analysis and brings citizens together to discuss key issues such as ensuring public access to scientific information, keeping science free from distortion and manipulation by special interests, and promoting more effective use of science in policy making.

the clean vehicles program seeks to dramatically reduce u. S. Oil use. We analyze advanced vehicle technologies, biofuels, and related oil-reduction strategies, and advocate for effective transportation solutions that create new jobs and industries, save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump, improve air quality and reduce global warming. The food and environment program seeks to transform the u. S. Food system in a healthier, more sustainable direction. We advocate for policy changes that will encourage american farmers to grow a wide range of healthy foods that will be available and affordable for all, instead of the commodity crops used in processed foods that are making americans sick. Our policy recommendations will also help farmers abandon environmentally destructive industrial methods in favor of modern, science-based agroecological practices. Legislative - appearances before congressional committees, as well as meeting with individual congressmen and writing, printing, and mailing of legislative alerts to ucs sponsors.

global security program works to reduce some of the gravest threats to humanity - in particular, those posed by nuclear weapons and materials, their acquisition by terrorists, or accidents. We serve as an independent watchdog on a range of nuclear and weapons issues, combining technical analysis and policy expertise to improve nuclear power plants safety and reduce the threats posed by nuclear weapons. The food and environment program seeks to transform the u. S. Food system in a healthier, more sustainable direction. We advocate for policy changes that will encourage american farmers to grow a wide range of healthy foods that will be available and affordable for all, instead of the commodity crops used in processed foods that are making americans sick. Our policy recommendations will also help farmers abandon environmentally destructive industrial methods in favor of modern, science-based agroecological practices. Legislative - appearances before congressional committees, as well as meeting with individual congressmen and writing, printing, and mailing of legislative alerts to ucs sponsors.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 2

I made a significant donation during the holidays of 2012. I received a thank you email almost immediately. And then another the next day. Oh, wait, that wasn't a thank you, that was a come on to give more money. And five days later, an email with an alarming subject line announcing new misconceptions by the media. Which turned out to be nothing except another come on. The subject line had nothing to do with the email. So I wrote to them expressing my concern. And received a very nice apology. And still the emails come. And now phone calls and letters, trying to get me to become a member.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I donated to this organization at the end of 2010. Within the past year, I received no less than 15 pieces of snail mail from them. Not what I would expect from an organization that is suppose to be helping the environment.

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4 Novem A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a scientist, I have found UCS's workshops, reports, and factsheets to be a great resource whenever I am trying to communicate my research to a broader audience. I also feel that their work on nuclear safety and security, climate change, clean energy, and food safety and sustainability are all based on solid scientific evidence, and I am extremely grateful for their work in fighting political interference in how science is being conducted in this country. (I've gotten their calendar for the past few years, and I really enjoy the cartoons on scientific integrity in the calendar.)

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4 Mal W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fundraising agency has served the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1999, and I was personally engaged in the work for the first five years. I have rarely seen a better-managed or more focused nonprofit organization. As a result, I have become an annual donor, and I intend to continue supporting the organization because I'm convinced that it delivers the best return on a charitable investment in the environmental field.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Union of Concerned Scientists work to reduce some of the biggest security threats facing the world today, including the risks posed by nuclear weapons, nuclear terrorism, and space weapons. They work with scientists around the globe to increase international understanding of these issues and to foster and strengthen efforts to increase international security. In addition, they work to improve the safety and security provisions at existing nuclear power plants and the performance of the industry's oversight body--the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; assess the safety, security and nuclear weapons proliferation risks of new reactors; and analyze the pros and cons of increasing nuclear power as a means of reducing global warming. They write reports, file formal petitions to the NRC, testify before Congress, and provide technical assistance to groups of citizens living near nuclear plants. Political interference in federal government science is weakening our nation's ability to respond to the complex challenges we face. Because policy makers depend on impartial research to make informed decisions, they are mobilizing scientists and citizens alike to push for reforms that will enable our leaders to fully protect our health, safety, and environment. As a scientist, this particular issue is of vast importance to me. They have been fighting global warming to protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations. To do this, they promote reducing our emissions of heat-trapping gases by using the technology, know-how, and practical solutions already at our disposal. This includes promoting the use of a family of diverse energy technologies that share a common thread: they do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment. Along these lines, they have been providing consumers with scorecards on how well specific automobiles meet mileage requirements and reduce polution. Two other things have been important to me. First, I believe that we must promote sustainable agriculture practices in order to protect the environment and produce high-quality, safe, and affordable food. The Union of Concerned Scientists promotes such practices while pushing to eliminate harmful CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) and strengthening government oversight of genetically engineered food. Secondly, they have been working to reduce the introduction of non-native organisms that damages the environment and endangers native species, undermining decades of conservation efforts. Because federally regulated international trade is the source of most invaders, they are working to reverse some U.S. policies and improve others.