March for Science to take place this weekend

Supporters of science and research gather to take part in the March for Science protest in Sydney
Supporters of science and research gather to take part in the March for Science protest in Sydney
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22 April, 2017

Ferris says Milwaukee's March for Science is just the beginning of a push to advocate for scientific thinking and research.

On the morning of 22 April, environmental group the Earth Day Network will co-host a teach-in and rally near the Washington Monument, followed by the march through the streets ending at the US Capitol.

Eickhout, who trained as a chemist and worked as a climate change researcher at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, said he entered politics "out of frustration that politicians made so little with science". The north country is home to countless examples of everyday science.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made several sweeping moves that put the future of science in jeopardy, according to several members of the movement.

Many believe the Trump administration poses a direct threat to scientific research, slashing the EPA budget, cutting funding to educational programs, and hiring climate change deniers in high-level positions.

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-The Boston March for Science starts at 1 p.m., at the Boston Common.

This is your first time taking part in this kind of organized march.

Kedes and CVillians for Science, an ad hoc group organizing the Washington trip, initially paid for two buses with room for 50 people each.

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A bunch of "intelligent" people can tell me trees don't make wind, but I can create a website called TreesMakeWind.com and form a religion based exclusively on the mystical truth of tree-generated breezes.

"This is, I think, a once-in-a-generation occasion where friends of science and scientists have shown not just a willingness but an eagerness to step into the public square", Holt said.

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. But the march's biggest impact could be on the participants themselves, Monger said.

"We are looking at the march as a starting point to energize the scientific community", Naughton says. She admitted that it was a little "weird" that people will be marching in the streets for science, and particularly for conclusions "we thought were obvious" and that have had bipartisan support. "We want to talk about science to the politicians".

Many scientists prefer to work quietly, letting their research speak for itself. If you think that policy is too often governed by following the loudest voice in the room or by poll data -- instead of being founded on hard data and rigorous studies -- you should join us.

The long-term goals for the march are also a bit fuzzy - though Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the UCS, sees it as a chance to highlight the role of scientific evidence in public discussion and policy.

Numerous organizers and participants of the March for Science have backgrounds in climate science, and many have been advocating for bold climate action well before the election of Donald Trump. Some groups, including numerous large science associations involved in the march, have spoken of the effort as non-political.

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. I am going to Boston at my own expense, because I am a concerned citizen who feels that strong science makes for a stronger America. The demonstration comes a week after the Tax March and a week before the People's Climate March. "They are accused of having a political agenda and their work isn't taken serious anymore", says Rogers, who regards the march as a meaningful reaction of concerned scientists and United States citizens.


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