March For Science Becomes Worldwide Defense Of Facts

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On April 22, 2017, Earth Day, the March for Science took place across the United States and around the world. The organizers proclaimed “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The mission for the March for Science is:

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We 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 March for Science is a celebration of science.  It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.  Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?  

People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.  We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely.  Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford.  We must stand together and support science.

Below are tweets describing the March for Science:

 

  • DHFabian

    Learn about what actually happens each time you drive. It seems common for people to think that, due to modern technology, there are no consequences to millions of Americans driving each day, burning tankers-full of fossil fuels, maintaining the demand for more drilling, more oil, fueling our serial wars in the oil-producing nations.