The March For Science.

Staff Writer: Olivia Bernal

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A young girl holding up a sign.

 

“Greetings, fellow citizens. We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the significance of science for our health and prosperity,” said Bill Nye, greeting thousands of Americans gathered at our nation’s capital.

Making their public debut on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, more than 600 cities worldwide –every continent, even Antarctica- participated in The March for Science. It may have been the largest demonstration supporting scientific research and evidenced-based policymaking ever done.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world,” states the March for Science website- https://satellites.marchforscience.com/.

The March for Science was organized shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the majority of its support arising in response to the President and his administration lacking “science literacy” and concern for the environment.

“…Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations. They’re making it impossible to-… they- we’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses,” stated President Donald Trump in an interview, particularly in response to a question about the future of our environment.

Organizers of the march were also hoping the demonstrations would also give attention to teachers and others trying to strengthen and broaden the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, &Mathematics) curriculum  in schools.

“Science education programs have gotten the same sort of treatment in the priorities of the new administration that science programs have,” David Evans declared, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. “…and that’s quite disturbing.”

Trump’s budget plan slashes the funding for NASA’s education office, which supports STEM education and careers. It would also end any educational programs planned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and education support programs at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Bill Nye, Denis Hayes, Sam Droege, and others scientists spoke out and came to the marches; eager to make their voices heard, and trying to make some sort of difference.

“Today we stand against an administration that places profits over people and tells us that science isn’t real, that rolls back regulations that for decades has protected and given people a fighting chance for clean air, clean water and clean land…” By the time he was finished, Mustafa Ali had the crowd roaring “Stand up for your rights!”

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People participating in the March For Science holding up a large banner.

Comments

  1. Doris M. says:

    wish i could’ve gone 😦

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