9 October 2017
By Shane M Hanlon
Are you an earth scientist who’s always wanted to reach out beyond your research circles but didn’t know where/when to start? Or are you a scicomm pro looking for even more reasons to reach out. Well, what a better time than this week as it’s Earth Science Week!
Every year, the American Geosciences Institute organizes a “national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.” From their website:
Earth Science Week 2017 learning resources and activities are engaging young people and others in exploring the relationship between human activity and the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). This year’s theme promotes public understanding and stewardship the planet, especially in terms of the ways people affect and are affected by these Earth systems.
On their site you’ll find info for educators and students, members of the public (non-scientists), and members of the press. Also, if you’re thinking that now is the time to start and engaging but don’t know where to start, check out our Paths to Engagement diagram! So, get out there and engage!
-Shane M Hanlon is a Senior Specialist in AGU’s Sharing Science Program