For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2016
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action and the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) Call for Help to Protect Climate Data
314 Action and EDGI Partner to Call on STEM Community and Public to Show Their Support before the Trump Administration Can Alter Crucial Data
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its partnership with EDGI, a coalition of academics, environmentalists and nonprofits that is at the forefront of the defense of climate data and other scientific environmental research that may be purged under an anti-science Trump Administration. EDGI made headlines in mid-December for their successful efforts to organize collaborative events aimed at preserving EPA data.
With less than 20 days to go until President-elect Trump takes office, 314 Action will assist EDGI to raise awareness about the organization’s archiving efforts among the public and 314 Action's existing pro-science advocacy network.
A Generosity.com page (bit.ly/EDGI314) has been launched with a goal of raising $31,415k by January 20th for:
ARCHIVING: the archiving of publicly available environmental data before databases may be dismantled or their maintenance defunded under the new administration.
MONITORING: the implementation of online tools to document changes in agency funding, research and data during the Trump Administration.
CRAFTING A 100 DAYS REPORT: the production of a report after Trump’s first 100 days detailing what changes have been made to public data, as well as to funding, staffing and programming in Federal agencies, in order to call attention to the areas of federal environmental governance under threat in the new administration.
RESPONSE: Design and implementation of systems for networking data analysis across federal agencies and improve the interfaces for current databases
“Scientific data is a form of cultural heritage which belongs to all of us and to our descendants,” said Matt Price and Nicholas Shapiro of EDGI. “Without evidence, informed arguments can't be made, and our common heritage of reasoned discourse disappears. So the duty to preserve data is, in our view, as strong as the duty of cultural preservation." Shapiro and Michelle Murphy continues, “These efforts are not paranoid precautions but safeguards informed by the attempted shuttering of EPA libraries under G. W. Bush and the actual destruction of environmental data more recently, under Canada’s Harper administration.”
“I encourage anyone who is concerned with climate denialism and the continued attacks on science from the President-elect’s Administration picks to pay attention to the work EDGI is doing,” said Ted Bordelon, Director of Communications for 314 Action. “Preserving this data is pressing and potentially invaluable to the scientific community if the Trump Administration continues to pursue an anti-science agenda. The science community and those who think research is more reliable than intuition need to stand up to what may amount to be the greatest book burning operation the United States has ever seen.”
EDGI currently has 50 members from 23 different institutions and organizations including:
Johns Hopkins University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
New York University
SUNY Stony Brook
UC Santa Cruz
University of Colorado
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by a scientist and supported by members of the STEM community and pro-science advocates. Despite being a recently formed organization, 314 Action already has an active membership of over 75,000 people across the United States. 314 Action is concerned about the denial of basic scientific facts such as climate change by political leaders, the quality of STEM education in the United States and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues and social problems like gun violence. For more information, visit 314action.org
EDGI is an international network of academics, environmentalists and non-profits that believes in evidence-based policy making and public interest science. EDGI is building online tools and research networks to proactively archive public environmental data, as well as track and respond to the potential undermining of evidence-based environmental governance in the United States. For more information, visit envirodatagov.org/ or on twitter @EnviroDGI