Have you ever heard of METI International? The organization may not be on your radar yet, but they should be.
METI is designed to conduct scientific research and educational programs in Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). On a deeper level, their goal is to understand and communicate the societal implications and relevance of searching for life beyond Earth, even before detection of extraterrestrial life.
Here are a few additional goals of the organization, according to their website:
• Foster multidisciplinary research on the design and transmission of interstellar messages, building a global community of scholars from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts.
• Research and communicate to the public the many factors that influence the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe, with a special emphasis on the last three terms of the Drake Equation: (1) the fraction of life-bearing worlds on which intelligence evolves, (2) the fraction of intelligence-bearing worlds with civilizations having the capacity and motivation for interstellar communication, and (3) the longevity of such civilizations.
• Offer programs to the public and to the scholarly community that foster increased awareness of the challenges facing our civilization’s longevity, while encouraging individual and community activities that support the sustainability of human culture on multigenerational timescales, which is essential for long-term METI and SETI research.