The March for Science is coming this spring
A Journal of People report
The March for Science will be organized on April 22, 2017, the Earth Day. The march will be held in Washington D.C., and around the world.
The March for Science said:
On April 22, 2017, we walk out of the lab and into the streets.Science, not silence
The March for Science said:
“The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
“We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
“Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.”
The scientific community has expressed indignation at a number of policies set forth by the Trump administration. The US president’s decision to defund NASA’s Earth Science divisions — and more recently to censor environmental agencies such as the EPA, the National Parks Service, and the Department of Agriculture over climate change data — has spurred scientists around the world to speak out against the administration.
The International Astronomers Union and the American Astronomical Society have also issued statements opposing Trump’s executive order that limits immigration into the country, specifically from predominantly Muslim nations. An open letter to president Trump signed by over 150 science agencies and societies argues that this limitation of free travel is broadly harmful to the scientific community, and the United States suffers directly from such a policy.
The Executive Order will discourage many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, engineers and scientists from studying and working, attending academic and scientific conferences, or seeking to build new businesses in the United States.