“When you see [scientists] marching in the streets, you know the attacks on scientists have reached yet a new threshold”.
Organizers say the marches are nonpartisan, but many taking part cite concerns over the Trump administration’s uncertain position toward climate science, as well as proposed budget cuts.
Trump’s election, followed by his administration’s work dismantling much of former President Obama’s climate agenda only raised the stakes for this month’s event.
However, many scientists, like Brown, also believe that the current administration’s policies may have a detrimental effect on science in general in addition to ignoring science when making policies.
The March for Science’s stated mission is championing for robust funding, but time is up for researching climate change.
“The wholesale disregard of truth and fact by the president and his close advisers, their devaluing evidence and the scientific method, is so extreme that I can’t be silent”, he said. Proposed budget cuts, potential threats to worldwide collaboration and insufficient funding in the United Kingdom are all existing problems which need to be addressed.
One additional motivation for some marchers is a revival of Science for the People.
Hobson acknowledged some state political leaders, such as Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, are addressing climate change. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.
“What most people don’t realize is that science is something that can disappear so quickly and get subsumed by organizations that have dogmatic approaches, that figure that they have the answers”, he said.
Her counterpart at the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Judith Smith, said she supports the demonstrations.
“We are asking, what are the unusual and unconventional sources of data we can uncover relevant to sustainability, social and environmental issues, and take that back to inform policy at the state and federal level”, said Kammen, who is also science envoy for the U. S. State Department.
On both the national and local scale, the movement has focused on aspects such as the acceptance of science as a process, not just a body of knowledge, and how this process is inherently democratic in nature.
“We’d like to appeal to congressmen from all political parties”, he said. Alternatively, please make your views on the importance of science for our nation and the world, whatever those views are, known to your elected representatives. But we care about this. Those planning to attend include those who work in science and others who care about its role in public policy.
Within a week of launching a website, the movement had gained a Twitter following of more than a million people, he says.
The group’s 850,000-member Facebook page is inspiring, with “advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens” sharing personal testimonials about their reasons for marching and why science is important to them, along with ideas for posters and slogans, questions about the march, articles about science and exposés of climate disinformation sent to schools and science teachers by the anti-science Heartland Institute. He’s a passionate protestor against climate change, and the flawless speaker to lead the pre-March for Science festivities.
Roeder also said he hoped for change. In fact, there are marches on every continent except Antarctica!
He cited the famous Isaac Newton quote: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Think even about how our ability to detect Russian submarines allowed us to win the Cold War or the advanced science that went into guiding those Tomahawk missiles in Syria.
And for the first time in decades, huge numbers of people in the US will celebrate May 1 as International Workers’ Day the same as workers do in other countries around the world.
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