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March for Science and Peoples Climate March are Inherently Connected

22 April 2017, 01:52 | Candice Butler

Sydneysiders Join Global March For Science Protest

People stand together holding placards during the March for Science in Sydney

The most significant part of the March for Science is that it is not only for those who are scientists, just as supporting liberal arts is not just the job of those in liberal arts fields.

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. Although I didn't win, I remain committed to the belief that those of us with an appreciation for science are desperately needed in the political realm.

The March for Science and Peoples Climate March will bring the fight for truth and justice right to the doorstep of the Trump administration. We open up the Donkin coal mine in Nova Scotia, and at the same time say that we are going to do something about climate change. Executive orders to start the rollback of the Clean Power Plan, lift the federal moratorium on coal leasing on public lands, and green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines pose major threats to Americans' health and environment and the world's climate. The March for Science is being held on Earth Day and the protest comes just a week after the Tax March and exactly one week before the People's Climate Change March, reports the Washington Post.

"Our goal is to take these people who are science enthusiasts and get them registered to vote so they can become an active part of the voting people in America", Hayward said.

"We're really looking to harness that and turn it into action", Goldman said.

In fact, sister events for both the climate and science marches have been organized in cities all over the country, a tactic which may help address some of the attendance issues that are likely still inevitable as a result of the two events' proximity.

The group also hopes to connect the public to science.

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. It's a nonpartisan event that policy makers and politicians to treat scientists and scientific research as legitimate, and to realize how much harm they could be doing if they cut scientific funding or ignore warnings.

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Federally supported science is particularly important to Maryland's economy and quality of life. "Boston is known as an innovative city where science and scientific research are paramount, and the enthusiasm and response to the March for Science have been inspiring". They stressed the importance of science in fulfilling the University's mission to create successful scholars and emphasized the necessity of advocating for science.

Congress has not even begun consideration of Trump's budget, but last month the House passed two bills that would, if approved by the Senate, make it more hard for EPA scientists to conduct research.

"We must make a sustained effort to engage the public and to make science meaningful, relevant, and captivating".

Science March events are scheduled at an estimated 500 venues around the world on Saturday, including one at the National Mall in the District of Columbia. Here are a few of the more prominent cities/states participating in the march.

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.

MIT and Harvard renewable energy modeler Dr. Geoffrey Supran added, "The March for Science and the Peoples Climate March go hand-in-hand".

In the months and years prior to the 2016 election, Trump declared climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, but since taking office he has delivered mixed messages regarding his views on global warming.

Others are more politically oriented in their aspirations, such as Toronto science supporter Ben Ma who told CTVNews.ca: "I'm marching to minimize the impact of politics on science, so that policy decisions can be evidence-based instead of reflecting corporate interests".



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