Bold start! Who is ready for Earth Day?
There appears to be an epidemic. Opinions are replacing facts and these are having a knock on effect on our views of the World. In united defence, Scientists from all over the US are planning a march in Washington to hold the Government accountable for ignoring science to pursue their ideological agendas.
Trump is President. Research funding is being frozen. Departments are having their lips zipped.
Whilst Twitter and other social networking sties may give a very public voice to the unfounded and un-researched, it also has the power to bring large groups together for a cause. On 23 January, the organisers of the March created Twitter accounts and Facebook pages and now has over 300,000 followers.
Their message is clear. They believe that the “Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.” In short, they feel the continued dismissal of research and policies created from evidence could be catastrophic.
Bringing together a truly diverse group of individuals under the banner of ‘Scientists’, they will try to succeed where others have failed, to ensure that evidence-based policies are enacted in the public interest.
The march is scheduled for 22 April 2017. Earth Day. There will be Satellite marches across the US and other continents. To find out more or donate, check out the link:
It’s not the first time scientists have tried to act as a conscience of a wayward federal government. For example, scientists were key players in the 310,000-person 2014 People’s Climate March. And Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes, speaking to KQED, reminds us, “It is the scientists who mobilized against the arms race in the late 1950s and 1960s. So that tells you how scientists feel now. This is an existential threat.”