I’ll be in Ottawa, where a march is also taking place.
Instead, thousands will be donning lab coats and hitting the streets in an worldwide demonstration to celebrate the scientific community in the US and defend its role in society.
“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. But though there has been interest from United States senators and members of the House of Representatives in speaking at the rally, the March for Science has not included any speaking spots for government officials. Trump has placed gag orders on government science agencies, frozen funds, and reversed science-based policies.
“We all populate the same planet and share the risks of devaluing science”, the researcher said.
In response, scientists began planning their own march on a Reddit forum back in January. “So this is the overwhelming consensus of the world scientists, and yet at that congressional hearing, as you noted, I was the only witness there to basically put forward the consensus view on the science, and then there were three contrarian witnesses, who have attempted to attack the science in various ways in the past”. “Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in almost 195 countries to build environmental democracy”.
“Being the only event (we have no updates on the march in Hyderabad as of now) in India, we technically stand with March for Science”, Arjhun Swaminathan of the organisation told IANS. We know here in New Hampshire our winters are getting warmer, our lake ice is dwindling, we know our summers are hotter, the sea levels are rising, we see more intense storms. She has also received grants for quake hazard assessment and geologic mapping from the United States Geological Survey.
The organizers have worked to ensure that the events associated with the Washington D.C. march are accessible.
Spokane is one of the biggest medical hubs between Seattle and the East Coast, and recently the community has rallied around the expansion of medical training facilities in the form of partnership medical schools.
“Scientists are often reticent to go public”, Rush Holt, a former member of Congress and CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said in a Wednesday press conference about the march.
Science activists saw the event as something they could replicate, and devised similar action – a large D.C. rally with satellite protests around the country – based on showing general support for science policy. “We don’t want it to happen again”.
After hearing public outcry and seeing the success of the Women’s March on Washington, organizers chose to put together a science march to call on government officials to make better-informed decisions on science-related issues. “There are other lives here besides ourselves and we are the ones doing the most damage to it”.
But Dr. Robert Young, the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, is concerned the march will turn off Trump supporters and those who need to be reminded “why science is important”.
Some aren’t marching for one cause, but for several.
Calling the March 29 march a “mass mobilization”, the national coordinator of the Peoples Climate Movement describes the Trump administration’s repeal of Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan as “a risky step that puts people and the planet at grave risk”. “This medication not only saved his life but it saved him from having to suffer frightful long-term side effects”, Williams wrote. She is participant of InTeGrate, a $10 million National Science Foundation grant for infusing Earth literacy and sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum.
Meanwhile Mark Tymecki from Toronto wrote to CTVNews.ca about a heartbreaking moment in his life when he and his wife lost their baby.