Entomology Advocacy Week
Mark your calendars for the week of August 19-25, 2018, for the inaugural Entomology Advocacy Week. This is your chance to get engaged and advocate for the science of entomology. In this modern era it is the responsibility for all scientists to advocate for their discipline. 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 is once again the norm in Washington, D.C.
A July 18, 2018 Science Policy Webinar (embedded below) from Dr. Marianne Alleyne (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana) presents 5 ways that you can take action during Entomology Advocacy Week.
- Request a meeting with your Senator or Representative
- Write (or call) your lawmaker about an issue
- Write an Op-Ed for your local or national paper
- Get active on social media
- Build your brand - and your institution's
Why the week August 19-25? We're tying into some great outreach events that are already scheduled, like
- P-IE Pollinator Field Tour (August 13-15, 2018)
- National Honeybee Day (August 18, 2018)
- World Mosquito Day (August 20, 2018)
- P-IE SysEB Invasive Species Field Tour (August 20-22, 2018)
- U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Recess (All of August)
- Fast facts about ESA and the importance of entomology
- Talking points and communication tips (July 2018)
- ESA FY2019 funding priorities
- Get Involved - more tools and resources
During the week of August 19-25, check this page for live updates about your fellow entomologists' advocacy activities. Be sure to tag @EntsocAmerica on Twitter and use the hashtag #EntVocate18 so ESA and your fellow advocates can stay informed about what you do!
- August 20-22: The P-IE Section's Invasive Species tour of southeastern Pennsylvania brought together about 50 entomologists, growers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to survey the damage and impacts of invasive species like the Spotted lanternfly, brown marmorated stink bug, and other pests. Highlights included a tour of the Philadelphia port to learn first-hand from authorities from USDA and CBP about the challenges of making cargo inspections, meeting with the vineyard owner where SLF was first detected, and and a behind the scenes tour of the insect collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences where the voucher specimens of important insects are stored.