The March for Science is being held on Earth Day and the protest comes just a week after the Tax March and exactly one week before the People's Climate Change March, reports the Washington Post. The vital role science plays in our democracy must be preserved.
President Trump's proposed budget includes elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and cuts to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, measures that would impact scientific research. "We should have much a stronger drive to hold our politicians accountable to make evidence-based decisions, rather than what they think is right", she says.
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. Earlier this year, Smith dragged out a cast of climate deniers to present to his committee. It has also led to uncertainty surrounding the actual goals of the march.
Christopher Kahler, professor of behavioral and social sciences, said that the objective of this march is to advocate for policies in government and funding that would benefit science and to show the value of science to society as a whole. The sheer number of solidarity marches and supporters highlight the widespread support for the grassroots movement.
After the worldwide "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. "It should not be a political issue".
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Gretchen Goldman, research director for the Center for Science & Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the nonprofit advocacy group has long worked with scientists who want to learn how to engage better with policy makers, the media and the broader public. Any discrimination over race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background is a threat to scientific progress. Many scientists have opted not to participate. People are calling the scientists shady, dishonest. Indeed, our planet's rock record shows us that big changes have occurred on a cyclical basis in the distant past, but those we see today are occurring with unprecedented speed on a yearly basis instead of tens of thousands or even millions of years. Ravi Valleti, a Bay Area actor who identifies as a futurist, said in a video for the San Francisco March that he's marching because "we need to defending funding in science", in.
It is hard to know exactly what the repercussions will be. "Science has done a bad job over time of being diverse and doing all the things it should to ensure that opportunities or scientific careers are equal, and making sure that science itself benefits from all communities", Berman admits.
"Thanks to the medical teams and scientific researchers his life was saved with an anti-clotting injection". Hogan also does not view science as political, but he sees science under attack by politicians. This will be harder for some people than others.
This picture of inclusiveness complements Ecklund's newest research, which found that the global scientific community-as people might assume-is more agnostic (and sometimes atheist) than the general population, but not usually hostile to religion overall.
There will also be marches in all 50 states.
Earth Day is April 22, and it's time to protest. On Saturday, I will take the risk of further politicising my field because the stakes are too high to do nothing.
As the momentum for the march grew over the last few months, large mainstream academic and research organizations like AAAS have joined more traditionally activist groups to make the event a success.
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