Beyond the March for Science: Scientists Act by Running for Office

November 14, 2017

PhD volcanologist Jesse Phoenix is running against climate denier Steve Knight in California.


I’ve seen the value of stepping up my whole life. Both of my parents were FBI agents for over 20 years. When you have people like that as your role models, loyalty, bravery, and integrity become your way of life.

Until now, my way of serving has been through working to understand our planet and how we can live with it, including the dangerous parts like volcanoes and earthquakes. I give back by helping educate the next generation of scientists: young women and men from all backgrounds who will be the innovators, educators, and conservationists of the future.

I was moved to step out of my work boots and into the race for Congress because people like Donald Trump and Steve Knight are threatening that future by destroying some of the most basic things we all agree are important. Education, scientific research, disaster preparedness, critical infrastructure, national parks, and wildlife are all under assault.

Our economy thrives when we invest in our people and our planet. Trump and Knight both deny the science of climate change, which impacts our economy, health and way of life. Their attacks on immigrant families, women’s rights and health care coverage are offensive and damaging to the most vulnerable people in our society.

Trump and Knight are failing to deal with important issues like cybersecurity, senior care, and disability justice that will only become more important in the years ahead. I’m working to win the job of representing the people I care about and the places I love, because everyone should have a bright today and a brilliant tomorrow.

NBC News:

Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There’s something wrong with Washington, D.C.

“We need science in our everyday lives,” she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. “Ignorance is the disease.”

The cure is more scientists who hold political office, Phoenix said. She’s running for the House of Representatives as a Democrat in California’s 25th Congressional District, with a pledge bring “good science” to Washington. The seat is currently held by a Republican.

Before November, Phoenix, the daughter of FBI agents, said she was content with her life as a volcanic scientist. She had dedicated her career to studying the world’s harshest environments in the hope of revealing how humans are driving climate change.

But President Donald Trump’s electoral upset shocked the scientist and moved her to action.

“We’re at a critical point in our planet’s history,” Phoenix said “It’s really important that we have people in office who understand that protecting the world around us, doing good science … is just critical, it’s paramount.”

She said that Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement brings new urgency to her mission.



One Response to “Beyond the March for Science: Scientists Act by Running for Office”

  1. redskylite Says:

    When I ceased my working life, I did study climate science and energy online at several universities to understand what it was all about. I thought at the time students needed to couple climate science with energy studies. Now it seems it is a good idea to study, Climate Science, Energy, Politics and media communications together. Fortunately there seems to be some super people who can understand and achieve this. It gives me hope. We just need to learn to listen.

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