#MarchForScience: Stand up for science

Photo credit Dave Moskovitz.

You owe it to the folks that drive our economies and keep us healthy. They are putting us on the right path as we deal with the climate crisis.

From the Associated Press (Seth Boronstein) via The Pueblo Chieftain:

The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 500 cities, anchored in Washington and to be joined by dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout intended to combine political and how-to science demonstrations.

Marchers in Geneva carried signs that said, “Science — A Candle in the Dark” and “Science is the Answer.” In Berlin, several thousand people participated in a march from the one of the city’s universities to the Brandenburg Gate landmark. “We need to make more of our decision based on facts again and less on emotions,” said Meike Weltin, a doctorate student at an environmental institute near the capital.

In London, physicists, astronomers, biologists and celebrities gathered for a march past the city’s most celebrated research institutions. Supporters carried signs showing images of a double helix and chemical symbols.

The protest was putting scientists, who generally shy away from advocacy and whose work depends on objective experimentation, into a more public position.

Organizers portrayed the march as political but not partisan, promoting the understanding of science as well as defending it from various attacks, including proposed U.S. government budget cuts under President Donald Trump, such as a 20 percent slice of the National Institute of Health.

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (Christina Swanson):

“Science is curiosity in action!” This was how NRDC scientist Vignesh Gowrishankar describes science, a powerful statement that epitomizes the wonder and fun of science that draws so many of us to the field.

But science is also a serious and vital endeavor. It is the essential tool for protecting our environment, helping people and saving lives. And that’s why it is at the core of NRDC’s work to protect people and the environment, and has been for more than forty years.

We use science to identify the environmental problems that we need to tackle, to understand the causes of those problems, and then to help forge effective, evidence-based legal, policy and management solutions. Our amazing and talented scientific team includes experts in biology, forestry, geology, hydrology, chemistry, toxicology, physics, engineering, medicine, public health and more. On any given day, they may be researching how to most effectively integrate wind and solar energy into the electricity grid, evaluating the prevalence of toxic chemicals in drinking water supplies, or working with local communities to build climate resilient cities. Combine this with the work of NRDC’s policy experts, attorneys, advocates and communicators—and science is turned into action!

Science Senator. It’s called science.