How to get involved in tomorrow's March for Science
Apr 21 2017 by Alex Thomas
The March for Science website says, "We [as scientists] 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".
"We are expecting over 200 people to march with us on the 22nd".
"March for Science, is the chance to make my voice along with millions of other voices heard of just how important science has been to me and how important it is to everyone in the world for that matter". It will be comprised of scientists and their supporters, and largely grew out of opposition to President Donald Trump's environmental and energy policies. "He has also notoriously called climate change a hoax and tweeted that "'environment friendly' lightbulbs [sic] can cause cancer". They stressed the importance of science in fulfilling the University's mission to create successful scholars and emphasized the necessity of advocating for science.
Like no other president before him, Trump has been criticized for being fact-resistent and not acknowleding the insights of modern science, for instance with regard to climate change, climate protection plans or food safety.
"Because attacks on science don't just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists' ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomizes that", Supran said.
Under Trump's budget blueprint, the National Institutes of Health would lose almost $6 billion in funding, a massive blow to federally funded medical and scientific research. Although the underlying themes that celebrate the value of science are well-intentioned, I think that the march is a bad idea.
"It's hard to say exactly what needs to happen, but it needs to start somewhere", Higgins said. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.
"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. The demonstration comes a week after the Tax March and a week before the People's Climate March.
"We live in a science-based society so if you have ever taken an aspirin, taken your pets to the vet, gone to the doctor or even used a cellphone, you have benefited from science", said Nancy Staub, a biology professor at GU.
"Science isn't simply a collection of rules and facts, it is a process by which we acquire knowledge". Because of politics we are having an argument about whether or not it is raining rather than why it is raining. Article provided by American Forum, a nonprofit media organization that works to encourage more citizen debate on important societal issues. But we care about this.
"We worked on infectious diseases that impact all over the world", Hayward recalled. Those planning to attend include those who work in science and others who care about its role in public policy.
"We do not want to promulgate regulations, rules and laws based on anecdotal evidence", she said. Meanwhile, the recently formed group 314 Action is recruiting and training members of the scientific community to run for Congress, prioritizing races against members of the House Science Committee who are working to advance anti-science policies.
Josh Hobson, the lead organizer for the March for Science in Park City, said in an interview he moved to Utah for its natural beauty and is anxious about its future.
Roeder also said he hoped for change. While the University does not generally sponsor participation in marches, it does recognize that they are a form of advocacy, according to the email.
He cited the famous Isaac Newton quote: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants". 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.