Entomology Advocacy Week

If you missed the August 17-21 Entomology Advocacy Week webinars you can still check them out!.  #EntVocate2020

This is your chance to get engaged and advocate for the science of entomology. In this modern era, it is the responsibility of all scientists to advocate for their discipline. Daily Action Alerts will go out with suggested tweets, live and interactive content to join, and other opportunities to make your voice heard.  Many ESA members already engage in outreach activities throughout the year. Entomology Advocacy Week is a concentrated effort to target policymakers with science that matters so that evidence-based decision making becomes the norm at all levels of government. 

In preparation for Entomology Advocacy Week 2020 please review the Science Policy Webinar from Dr. Marianne Alleyne (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign), which presented five ways that you can take action during Entomology Advocacy Week.

  1. Request a meeting with your Senator or Representative
  2. Write (or call) your lawmaker about an issue
  3. Write an op-ed for your local or national paper
  4. Get active on social media
  5. Build your brand - and your institution's

Also, be sure to read the papers in the special collection on scientists and science policy in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Why the week August 15-21? In addition to basing priorities on our ESA Advocacy Priorities, we're tying into some great outreach events that are already scheduled, like

Resources on Advocacy:

Resources to Share and Tweet Suggestions to Personalize or Use:

Invasive Species

Locusts

Vector-Borne Diseases

Biodiversity Loss

  • More insect biodiversity in farming systems can translate into less reliance on chemical pesticides for pest control - and safer, healthier environments for farmworkers and local residents #EntVocate20 #environmentaljustice 
  • Habitat loss and ensuing Insect biodiversity decline often mean reduced control of agricultural pests – agricultural production and conservation science are two sides of the same coin. How can we balance landscape use with food security and biodiversity preservation? #EntVocate20
  • More insects live in the water than you think: Inland waters cover less than one percent of Earth’s surface, but harbor more than six percent of all insect species on the planet #EntVocate20 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4816856/
  • Mayflies are one of the most common insects in inland waters and key food sources for many birds and fish, but their populations are in steep decline #EntVocate20 https://www.pnas.org/content/117/6/2987
  • It’s not just about monarchs - a recent Ohio study found widespread (33%) decline across butterfly species within just the last 20 years. #EntVocate https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0216270
  • Almost every bird species relies upon insects as a food source. Insect abundances going down is bad news for bird populations. #EntVocate https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.5236
  • Some concerning news about global insect declines (Hallman et al. 2017 PLoS One --  German study of insect biodiversity loss - the “insect apocalypse”): https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809 #EntVocate
  • A meta-analysis published this month highlights inconsistent biodiversity trends for different insect taxa in US Long-Term Ecological Sites (Crossley et al. 2020 Nature ecology & evolution): https://go.nature.com/3hcwROv #EntVocate
  • Increased biodiversity can boost yields of economically important species - and not just crops! For instance, freshwater aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity has recently been linked to the success of salmon fisheries: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/journals/pnw_2018_daniels002.pdf #EntVocate

During the week of August 15-21, check this page for live updates about your fellow entomologists' advocacy activities. Be sure to tag on Twitter and use the hashtag #EntVocate20 so ESA and your fellow advocates can stay informed about what you do!