Why Scientists Are Joining the March for Science

Posted April 22, 2017

"A march by scientists, while well intentioned, will serve only to trivialize and politicize the science we care so much about, turn scientists into another group caught up in the culture wars and further drive the wedge between scientists and a certain segment of the American electorate", wrote Robert S. Young, a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University in a January New York Times editorial.

"We all want the best education possible for our children and that includes science".

Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a critic of the climate-change movement, called the march premise silly, saying, "Trump isn't anti-science".

Activists and Scientists will descend on Washington this weekend for the March for Science. "Maybe it is becoming a political issue, but I think that pretending that it's not is potentially" a risk.

Diane Lentakis, an organizer with the Connecticut Sierra Club and climate advocacy group 350 Connecticut, is helping to coordinate about a half-dozen buses from Connecticut to D.C. for the People's Climate March. It also has given us the tools to solve problems now instead of reacting to them after it is too late.

A bunch of "intelligent" people can tell me trees don't make wind, but I can create a website called TreesMakeWind.com and form a religion based exclusively on the mystical truth of tree-generated breezes.

"It clearly has a partisan framing", said Roger A. Pielke Sr., senior research scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Federally supported science is particularly important to Maryland's economy and quality of life. And we actually had a pretty involved discussion amongst my colleagues here at Dartmouth about whether we would participate in the marches.

The new USA president has said the concept of global warming was made by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive.

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He says he joined the Nation of Islam and in 1995, when he was 17, he attended the Million Man March in D.C.as a lieutenant. Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, had just picked up groceries at a Catholi. "Kori Muhammad is a very calloused individual".

Congress has not even begun consideration of Trump's budget, but last month the House passed two bills that would, if approved by the Senate, make it more hard for EPA scientists to conduct research. "As people who live close to nature, in the Sierra Nevada, it is essential we speak up for science", organizers posted on the event's Facebook page.

Scientists and science fans around the world will take to the streets on Saturday in a show of support for facts and reason. Part of the mission statement for the Denver, Colorado march, for example, is to "call...for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest".

This picture of inclusiveness complements Ecklund's newest research, which found that the global scientific community-as people might assume-is more agnostic (and sometimes atheist) than the general population, but not usually hostile to religion overall.

It is critical that we do more because, today, the discipline of science is threatened by conspiracy theories, fake news, bogus scholarship, and outright derision in an attempt to confuse Americans on the real facts.

The march will be followed by several speakers advocating for more support for scientists. "Nothing in science is achieved in isolation, it's one of the truly remarkable human endeavours that knows no borders; it is the pooled knowledge of us, as humans".

"Scientists realize that maybe they're not doing the best job engaging with their communities", she said.

President Trump's proposed budget includes elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and cuts to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, measures that would impact scientific research. As a form of "local activism" to combat notions of science being elitist, he is also developing a fall 2017 course, PHYS 0150: "The Jazz of Modern Physics", which is designed for students outside of the physics concentration and aims to make physics more approachable.

The People's Climate March is one event in a broader political movement that extends beyond the issue of basic climate science, according to Getsos.