AGU staff to use 3 November as a day of service

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AGU’s new strategic plan calls for moving Earth and space sciences from usable to used, and finding ways to apply Earth and space sciences research and discoveries to solutions for society’s challenges.

Many of the issues our community engages in are central to the 3 November election in the United States – from the presidential contest to congressional races to local offices. The decisions U.S. elected officials make set the future for not only the U.S., but around the world, as we saw with the Paris Agreement. This year, we’ve also seen how important our communities are and the need to help others.

Therefore, AGU offices will be closed on Tuesday, 3 November for a day of service. AGU will provide staff, interns and temporary workers a full paid day off to exercise their right to vote and volunteer to better our communities.

We are encouraging everyone at AGU and in our community to vote. We are also encouraging AGU staff to use the day to find their own way to serve their community, whether that’s through volunteering at the polls, joining Get-Out-the-Vote efforts or organizing a virtual grassroots event to make sure friends and neighbors know how and where to vote.

Alternatively, serving the community could mean using the day to volunteer at a civic or community nonprofit or find another way to give back to our communities. Food banks and homeless shelters need help packing and serving meals, animal shelters are looking for foster parents and public space clean-up efforts need volunteers to collect litter.

We encourage our AGU community to join us in this effort by voting and looking for ways to better your own communities. If you are in the U.S., please visit Science Votes the Future to sign our pledge to vote, and find talking points to share with your candidates and elected officials, ideas on how to engage with candidates and your local community, and tools to help get you to the polls.

Shape the future of science by voting and volunteering on 3 November.

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