What is the March for Science on Earth Day all about? “The relevant question is: whose interests does science serve?”

 

Put the March for Science on your Calendar for April 22, 2018!  

CORRECTION: PRESCOTT WILL CELEBRATE EARTH DAY ON APRIL 21 (SATURDAY) AT THE Fire Wise Expo, 9am-3pm, Downtown Prescott on Cortez to be followed by Prescott’s March for Science and People’s Climate March from 3-5pm THAT AFTERNOON!
This is a very interesting and informative event. Put this on your Calendar!

MARCH FOR SCIENCE IS IN PHOENIX AND OTHER US CITIES. https://www.marchforscience.com/

Why? This piece in the Atlantic magazine gave a great overview of why we need to be LOUD about the direction of too many decision makers in both defunding, and denigrating, the importance of our national contributions to the scientific advancements in medicine, the environment, and our communities here and around the globe! The article is interesting in that it gives some context, from multiple points of view…

  • Celebrate “passion for science.”
  • Celebrate what science does for people and “the many ways that science serves our communities and our world.”
  • Encourage the public “to value and invest in science” and “appreciate and engage with science.”
  • Encourage scientists to “reach out to their communities” and share their research and its impact.
  • Encourage scientists to “listen to communities” and consider their research from the perspective of the people they serve.
  • Affirm science as a “vital feature of a working democracy.”
  • Show science to be “first and foremost a human process” that is “conducted, applied, and supported by a diverse body of people.”
  • Support research “that gives us insight into the world” and “upholds the common good.”
  • Encourage people to “support and safeguard the scientific community.”
  • Call for robust federal funding “in support of research, scientific hiring, and agency application of science to management.”
  • Advocate for “open, inclusive, and accessible science” that is “freely available.”
  • Support science education that teaches people “to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence.”
  • Encourage political leaders and policy-makers to enact evidence-based policies, and “make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus, not personal whims and decrees.”
  • Oppose “policies that ignore scientific evidence” or “seek to eliminate it entirely.”
  • Oppose policies that “threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.”
  • Oppose an “alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus.”
  • Oppose the “mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue.”
  • Protect science from “manipulation by special interests.”
  • Hold leaders in science and in politics “accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity.”
  • Stand up for scientists: “Speak up for them when they are silenced” and “protect them when they are threatened”.
  • Encourage and support a new generation of scientists “that increasingly includes historically underrepresented groups.”

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