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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.                   Margaret Mead

The Union of Concerned Scientists, formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969, is a non-profit, science-based organization, combining the work of scientists with citizen action to promote solutions for environmental issues and climate change.

My project this week is based around this wonderful organization. An avid supporter of science myself, I became a member for a small annual fee, with which I get their quarterly newsletter, Earthwise, and their Magazine Catalyst. Gaining membership also allows you to receive updates and information about ways you can personally make a difference!

The UCS website has a Take Action page, where you can find opportunities to urge government officials to make changes in the right direction for environmental improvement. Today I submitted a letter to Congress urging them to make sustainable practices a necessity in the upcoming Farm Bill of 2012. There are so many ways the USDA can turn around the unethical practices of pasture-based meat production that exist in the U.S. today. The scientists of USC recently wrote a report on what they think should be top priority for this bill.

I recommend everyone join similar organizations, or groups in your communities where you can let your voice be heard for environmental change in the United States. It feels good to be part of a legitimate group of people with the same interests and concerns about the environment, and especially a group with such high esteem who will actually be able to get things done where it matters.

Quick note: Why do politicians rarely seem to say anything worthwhile these days? Especially regarding the environment and climate change. Take this quick quiz on government official quotes to see which ones are true and which are completely ridiculous. You’ll get a free “Got Science?” sticker after taking the quiz, which you can use to represent your pride in supporting the brilliance of contemporary science.