In order to celebrate science and support the community from recent policy changes, scientists and science enthusiasts alike have organized the March for Science. The march will be held on April 22 in over 190 cities spread throughout six continents, according to the March for Science website.
The home page of the website provides information regarding the march’s goals and reason such as, “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”
The march stands to protect the integrity of evidence. In recent elections, the people elected to power have managed to turn scientific findings, such as global warming (an extremely imminent threat to our planet) and turn it into a political standpoint in which special interests groups are able to agree or disagree with it.
We have a voice and it is crucial that we make it clear to our representatives that we back facts, not decisions based off of money and personal gain.
Although the March is intended to celebrate science, many scientists fear that the event will create further polarization.
Robert S. Young, a coastal geologist expresses his concerns with the march in an opinion editorial published by the New York Times. Young believes that holding a march will make scientists look like an interest group that politicize their findings for personal gain.
“A march by scientists, while well intentioned, will serve only to trivialize and politicize the science we care so much about, turn scientists into another group caught up in the culture wars and further drive the wedge between scientists and a certain segment of the American electorate,” Young writes in the New York Times.
If you are interested in helping the cause, the organizers of the march ask that you donate to the cause, spread the word in local schools and businesses, and send in your personal stories of how science affects you on a daily basis.
Whether you can make it to the march or not is less relevant to the bigger picture. If you are like me and care about our planet, and have a deep respect for scientists, then live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Small changes like diet, water usage, and transportation methods make a big deal when you add it up!