Democratic societies like ours are founded on the principle that We the People can make good decisions. That means we need to be able to understand the forces that affect us. In the modern world, few forces are more powerful than science. Science and its sibling, technology, are constantly changing the way we live our lives. When you look at the news, some of the biggest issues and controversies are about science: How much are humans changing the climate, and what should we do about it? How much should we spend on space exploration? Are GMOs safe? Should vaccines be mandatory for students? You can't tackle any of these questions without a basic understanding of the science behind them. In other words, civic literacy requires science literacy.
That's why we'll be talking about science literacy in this month's Civics on the Go event, part of a series of casual conversations about issues affecting our country and our world. It's not a formal presentation--just a chance for customers of all ages to stop by, chat with librarians and learn something new about the topic of the day. Stop by Schlessman Hall on Floor 1 of Central Library on Tuesday, March 12, anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 PM. Take a moment to chat with us about science and society, and play our science game!
We'll be discussing questions like:
- Where do you get reliable science information?
- What kind of science do you like to learn about?
- How does science impact your life?
- What are the most important science questions facing the world today?
If you can't make it to the Central Library, here are some great resources on science and society: Civics on the Go: Science & Society Handout.
Do you have ideas for future Civics on the Go events? What should we talk and learn about next? What does being an engaged member of the community mean to you?