Protests Against Trump On Earth Day 2017 To Participate In Nationwide

Protests Against Trump On Earth Day 2017 To Participate In Nationwide

I hope you can attend this satellite of the national March for Science in Washington, D.C. 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.

Given the partisan divide over climate change, some may see the march in those terms, and The New York Times noted that some scientists worry their effort will be seen in this light. 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.

On Saturday, April 22-Earth Day-thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts will take to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the March of Science.

The March for Science sees science as "a pillar of human freedom and prosperity".

"We'd like to appeal to congressmen from all political parties", he said. In fact, there are marches on every continent except Antarctica! Disregarding centuries evidence-based work is bad for the world, but indifference to science isn't good enough-everyone should recognize what it's done to improve lives around the globe, and support it moving forward.

Trump's campaign slogan was Make America Great Again, and "we know that our science is one of the things that has made us great", Krause said.

The debates about the March for Science go beyond what math equation looks best on a placard, however. Other speakers at the Seattle March for Science include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former EPA scientist Michael Cox, and University of Washington physics student Tyler Valentine.

"We're building new medical facilities, we're talking about doing new research for diseases, we're looking at vaccinations for HIV, cures for diseases like the hemorrhagic diseases coming out of Africa", he said.

The global event follows the Women's March on January 21 where more than one million people marched across the world to show support for women's rights and express their discontent over the election of Trump who has called climate change a "hoax". Despite all the motivations and concerns they share with their secular counterparts, there's still some tension over how their faith fits in a field built on empirical facts-especially as the movement employs those facts toward political ends.

A 2009 Pew Research poll found that most scientists identify as Democrats (55 percent), while 32 percent said they are independent and six percent claimed to be Republican.

"Being the only event (we have no updates on the march in Hyderabad as of now) in India, we technically stand with March for Science", Arjhun Swaminathan of the organisation told IANS. Seriously, is this really a time when we can do with less science?

Bill Nye, one of America's most famous scientists, is co-chairing the event alongside Dr. Hanna-Attisha, who discovered risky lead levels in kids living in Flint, Michigan. Part of the mission statement for the Denver, Colorado march, for example, is to "call...for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest". The organization is a sponsor of the Peoples Climate Movement, as well as a participant in the March for Science - although most of the organization's attendees will likely be participating in a sister march taking place in Philadelphia on Saturday, Allen noted.

But arguably, the most pressing challenge facing the scientific community is internal.

The march is a response to the "perceived exclusivity of science", as scientists want the general public to understand that everyone is part of the scientific endeavour, Alexander said. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable quake comes from Earth science and engineering studies".

Editor's note: Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action, a nonprofit that recruits and trains members of the scientific community to run for political office. You can find all of the "Week of Action" events here.

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