"Science and scientists, and evidence based policies are under attack". Organisers of the rally are calling for evidence-based policies to be implemented by politicians, but while they insist the march "isn't about any one politician - this is about science and policy, scientists and science supporters", the genesis of the campaign is rooted in the USA administration's stance toward science. Like the others, this march will likely draw the president's ire and prompt his hateful tweets. Workers in the department state this was a way to stop research emerging that could contradict US Government policy under Trump. For example, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., an influential member of the Appropriations and Budget committees, called the proposed cuts "very shortsighted", adding that biomedical research is "part of the defense of the country". Organizing their own protest is a significant departure from form for the scientific community, which prizes neutrality and objectivity as core principles of the scientific method.
The event, orjoin us for an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives. I fear that, contrary to its mission of inclusion, the march may actually alienate many of those it seeks to convince.
According to some of the worldwide organisers, Earth Day Network, American Geophysical Union, National Science Teachers Association and Carnegie Science, "defending science, innovation and discovery is an absolute must in every community throughout the world". Article provided by American Forum, a nonprofit media organization that works to encourage more citizen debate on important societal issues. There have also been talks of a knitted brain hat - similar to the "Pussyhats" donned by demonstrators at the Women's March.
Johnson first was inspired to join the march - which began with a Reddit comment in January - after hearing about data scientists working to archive and preserve information due to fears that the government might delete them. The first (and easiest) is by donating: The main site has a merchandise section and donation page, and so do some of the satellite marches.
There's likely a March for Science happening in an area near you on April 22! But at other times, it aspires to tackle the wider challenges facing science - such as issues of equality and diversity. "Science knows no borders", he said. "We want to really effect change in a bigger way than we might have been able to do up till now".
March for Science Toronto hopes this protest will not only put pressure on the US administration to "accept what basic research tells them" but also reverse some of the damage caused by the Harper Government. She states that the "science denialism" that has been expanding in society and the government needs to be addressed.
Charlottesville will be well represented at Saturday's March for Science, a massive, multi-city demonstration calling for funding and support for scientific research.
On both the national and local scale, the movement has focused on aspects such as the acceptance of science as a process, not just a body of knowledge, and how this process is inherently democratic in nature.
"We here at Coimbatore are marching to bring a new era in science education in the city", said Swaminathan. "That scared off many people", says Coyne.
Toronto-based Blake Williams told CTVNews.ca over email that he is marching for his father, who suffered a stroke a few years ago. "This medication not only saved his life but it saved him from having to suffer terrible long-term side effects", Williams wrote. "This won't last forever and we need to keep people's spirits up, and keep good research being done". That's what the true spirit of Earth Day and taking care of our environment should be.
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