- Provides an unprecedented collection of local, regional, and national case studies from scientists and practitioners engaged in outreach to decision makers and the public
- Covers personal accounts that bring science into policymaking, providing usable guidelines for those working to bridge this gap
- Includes the requisite information needed for effective communications and campaign strategies by sharing lessons learned
SECTION 1: SCIENTISTS AS ADVOCATES: ADVOCACY SHOULD NOT BE A FOUR-LETTER WORD 1. The Nuts and Bolts of Science-Based Advocacy 2. When scientists are attacked: Strategies for dissident scientists and whistleblowers 3. Sounding the Climate Alarm: Scientists and Politics 4. Science integrity and environmental decision-making in Canada: A fragile renaissance 5. Blowing the Whistle on Political Interference: The Northern Spotted Owl
SECTION 2: AN IMPERFECT MARRIAGE: POLICY AND SCIENCE 6. Overcoming the politics of endangered species listings 7. Scientific Integrity and Advocacy: Keeping the Government Honest 8. Why advocate and how? 9. Climate Reality Leadership
SECTION 3: THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE IN DECISION MAKING 10. Out of the Ivory Tower: Campaign Based Science Messaging for the Public 11
Essays from the Trenches of Science-based Activism 12. Shifting the Burden of Proof to Minimize Impacts During the Science-Policy Process 13. To zero emissions and beyond? Oregon Stumbles Forward 14. The politics of conservation: Taking the biodiversity crisis to the streets 15. When Science is Silenced: Scientists Fighting Back Against the Politicization of their Work 16. Speaking Truth to Power for the Earth
Dominick DellaSala, Ph. D, is Chief Scientist of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America. He is an internationally renowned scholar of over 200 publications on forest ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, and climate change. Dominick has given keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has been featured in hundreds of news stories and documentaries, testified in the US congress numerous times, and received conservation leadership and book writing awards. He is on the editorial board of Elsevier's Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, co-chief editor of Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, The World's Biomes, and Encyclopedia of Conservation; Co-editor the Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix (Elsevier), editor and author of the award winning Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation; and subject editor of several scientific journals. He is driven by a passion to save life on Earth for his daughters, grandkids, and future generations.