While the official March for Science takes place at the National Mall in Washington D.C., there are now 514 satellite marches registered in approximately 37 different countries, according to marchforscience.com, the official march registration website.
The 'March for Science' campaign aims to point out to the public why funding for science is important and highlight how this is now under threat and show support for evidence-based policy and academic freedom both in Scotland, Europe and in the US. Those in science, who take contrarian views and deny the reality of climate change, have a great incentive to take such a position.
A campus-wide email sent April 13 by Provost Richard Locke and Vice President for Research David Savitz echoed these sentiments. The Nixon administration (1969-74) is a much-maligned Republican administration, but it achieved important advances with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency supported by strong Congressional legislation through the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. And we actually had a pretty involved discussion amongst my colleagues here at Dartmouth about whether we would participate in the marches. Also, they will demand that "billions not be spent on a wall, but on strengthening public schools to educate all our children regardless of immigration status", according to the American Federation of Teachers, one of the many unions supporting actions on that day. A week later, April 29, another large gathering - the People's Climate March - is planned in Washington. William Brown, biology, the march is an opportunity for scientists to remind the current administration of the importance of the use of scientific methodologies and findings in policy-making.
"We are in an era in which the way that people structure their beliefs around science is of concern", Lynn said. I feel like it's my responsibility to get out there and inform the public to the best of my ability about what I see and what I think it means for the climate system. Organizers argue that the march is "nonpartisan". We've seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding and scientific programs, muzzling of government scientists and rejection of evidence regarding issues such as climate change.
"To say "I don't believe in climate change" is to say 'I don't believe in the scientific method, ' and 'I don't believe in evidence to support hypotheses, ' and that is a more fundamental problem, '" he added. I'll be at both events along with a team from Environment America.
For me, this is really all about climate science because I'm a climate scientist and the issue that really resonates with me is that we need to move past this false debate about whether climate change is real so that we can have the real debate as a society about how we're going to fix it.
Baylor Fox-Kemper, associate professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is also an advocate for the march.
The march has raised questions about the role of scientists in politics: when, if at all, should scientists become politically active and how can they maintain objectivity and credibility while doing so? You can also download posters to print from the website.
Prof. Rebecca Nelson, plant pathology, plans to attend the march to express her discontent with the budget cuts due to the repercussions it would have for scientific research in the future.