Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2021) — Planetary Society members are meeting face-to-face (virtually) with their elected officials today to advocate for increased investment in space science, exploration, and planetary defense.
The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest group, organizes this annual event to bring together members of the public with members of Congress. It is the largest advocacy effort of its kind for non-space professionals. Though usually located in Washington, D.C., this year meetings are being held via video conference due to the pandemic.
“I am endlessly inspired by the dedication and passion of our members,” says Casey Dreier, The Planetary Society’s chief advocate. “This is not an easy commitment. We ask a lot of our advocates in time, training, and issue preparation so they can effectively communicate with their representatives in Congress. They don’t do this because they benefit financially from our desired outcomes—they do it because they love space exploration.”
In addition to direct meetings, The Planetary Society has organized a global online campaign to encourage people around the world to contact their government representatives and share the importance of space exploration with their friends and family today. These resources can be found at planetary.org/dayofaction.
Advocates around the world will also take to social media to spread their message using the hashtag #FundSpace.
“Space inspires people.” Dreier says, “We are arguing for making investments today that will help create a better, brighter future for everyone. Space exploration is a profoundly optimistic endeavor that can engage our best qualities as citizens in democratic societies. I’m proud to call these advocates members of The Planetary Society.”
Casey Dreier, chief advocate and senior space policy adviser, is available for interviews. Please arrange with Danielle Gunn, chief communications officer, at [email protected]
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.