Thousands Around the World March in the Name of Science
Scientists around the globe took to the streets yesterday in the name of science, speaking out against the Trump administrations stance on a number of issues directly pertaining to the scientific community. The term “war on science” has been used to describe his budget proposals, which set the tone for how the president plans to approach this topic.
The marches were a concerted effort, taking place in cites and towns all over the world. Reuters is reporting that 15,000 people attended in D.C, and 12,000 in L.A.
Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a “celebration of science” to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington.
In hundreds of “March for Science” events from Boston to Sydney, Australia, engineers, researchers and teachers took a break from the lab to apply their ingenuity to colorful protest placards.
The ingenuity and creativity that can only come from a scientific mind was on full display at the marches yesterday, putting the world on notice that they do not plan to go quietly into the night.
The most delightfully nerdy signs and messages at the March for Science
Neil deGrasse Tyson released a brilliant statement on science. In it, he implores us not to give up on scientific research in the name of playing politics. Here is a snippet:
To reclaim America’s greatness, anyone with business acumen could think of science investments within our various government agencies as the R&D of a corporation called the USA. Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy. It’s not even bi-partisan. Science is a fundamentally non-partisan enterprise that serves us all. Without it, watch America fade from relevance on the world stage, as we gasp for an era of scientifically enlightened governance to rise once again.
The full statement can be found below:
Here is what attendees around the world are saying about the marches:
And the New York Times provides us with a visual accounting of the marches, with some excellent photography.
Thousands of scientists and their supporters gathered on Saturday to participate in the March for Science in Washington and in hundreds of other cities. These are visual highlights from the gatherings around the world. Washington
The resistance is undeniably strong within the scientific community. It seems they are one more element who has been awakened by this presidents alarming crusade against facts.