Huge "March for Science" will protest Trump's war on facts
- Author: Joe Gonzales Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 1:44
After the global "Women's March", it was obvious to Caroline Weinberg, a health researcher and science journalist from NY, that she wouldn't remain silent when the Trump administration started forcing scientists to keep their mouths shut. Wilson will be attending the March for Science in Washington, D.C.
For me, this is really all about climate science because I'm a climate scientist and the issue that really resonates with me is that we need to move past this false debate about whether climate change is real so that we can have the real debate as a society about how we're going to fix it.
Lastly, the faculty has complained that the second travel ban implemented by the Trump administration, which banned travel of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries, is extremely detrimental to the status of science in the United States.
Anyone who paid attention to last year's presidential campaign, or to literally any word that has ever come out of Trump's mouth, knows we now live in a post-fact society. The main march is taking place in Washington D.C, but there are 517 other satellite locations around the world marching as well.
The March for Science promises to bring huge crowds to the National Mall on Saturday, April 22.
"We'd like to appeal to congressmen from all political parties", he said.
Whether or not there's a march planned in your area, organize in your community.
The group also hopes to connect the public to science. "If government scientists aren't free to speak about their work we risk further exacerbating the declining public trust".
"Because attacks on science don't just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists' ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomizes that", Supran said.
"Speaking at the March is an opportunity for me to share my values of Earth literacy for all and high-quality science education", Egger added.
March for Science organizers referred a request for comment about whether their event could compete with the Climate March to the League of Conservation Voters, which was participating in both events.
"A few people have said, 'Oh, this is not what scientists do, ' or 'Someone might get the wrong idea, '" Mr. Holt said.
One such group is the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which will capitalise on the gathering to train scientists and science supporters to be more politically active. They stressed the importance of science in fulfilling the University's mission to create successful scholars and emphasized the necessity of advocating for science. If you want to get involved more deeply, you can volunteer to act as a marshal. The March for Science is a family-friendly event with speakers, musicians and a cleanup of the Veterans Riverwalk after the rally. Rather, the broad message we are trying to convey is that a large majority of people supports scientific research, freedom of information, and evidence-based policies. Some groups, including numerous large science associations involved in the march, have spoken of the effort as non-political.
The science march also precedes the Peoples Climate March on April 29.
The march is a response to the "perceived exclusivity of science", as scientists want the general public to understand that everyone is part of the scientific endeavour, Alexander said.
Some in the scientific community are choosing to sit this one out.
"Science and earth lovers make great chemistry". In a letter published in the Journal of Science Communication recently, I noted that, while senior scientists with secure jobs may be willing to engage in some degree of activism, it may be more hard for early career scientists.
The March for Science website says, "We [as scientists] unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest".
The People's Climate March is one event in a broader political movement that extends beyond the issue of basic climate science, according to Getsos.