The environment is an important political issue. Year after year one or
more environmental questions come up in virtually every election
campaign. Earth scientists know a lot about how the planet's complicated
systems work, and how we humans are affecting the planet, but they can't
take steps to clean the air or protect against hurricanes -- only
politicians and lobbyists who inform politicians can do that.
Every good law that gets written to revise building codes, to withstand
earthquakes, or stand up to tornadoes is the result of hard work by men
and women in politics making use of Earth Science information. Every
time people are successfully evacuated from hurricane paths and lives
are saved by government-sponsored rescue teams, it can be traced back to
forward-thinking and aware politicians or the people they appoint.
Disaster relief committees, groups prepared for emergency's, and other
community-sponsored programs need people knowledgeable about Earth
Science to help plan how best to react to environmental threats.
Similarly, government agencies that protect endangered species, keep
drinking water clean, and crops healthy rely on educated activists
and consultants, who are well versed in Earth Science areas.
Politics is about bettering our community and our country; why not put
an Earth Science background to use for us all!