We’ve seen multiple marches on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., since Donald Trump became president. First it was the Women’s March on Washington, then it was the March for Life, then we saw large scale protests against Trump’s immigration ban. Next up is the March for Science, which will take place on April 22, Earth Day.
Trump has made some alarming remarks about the environment and climate change and the Trump administration is proposing to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31% and eliminate 25% of the agency’s jobs. Not only that, but Trump selected Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier to head the EPA.
Trump has also said some concerning things regarding climate change on Twitter. In 2012, he tweeted that climate change was “created by and for the Chinese.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
In 2013, he tweeted about climate change being an expensive “hoax.”
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
It comes as no surprise that scientists all over the world are alarmed not just by the overwhelming data that proves global warming exists, but also by President Trump’s lack of concern for the environment.
The March for Science, which is being co-organized by March for Science and Earth Day Network, is a celebration of science. An estimated 500 satellite marches will take place in other cities in the United States and around the world on the same day.
Organizers of the event say it will be a “global gathering of scientists and science enthusiasts joining together to acknowledge the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”
On the day of the event before the march begins, a teach-in will take place and focus on the need to hold both scientific leaders and political leaders accountable for the role science plays in a democracy and everyday life.
According to the March for Science mission statement, the group is nonpartisan and calls for political leaders and policy makers to enact “evidence based policies in the public interest.”
But the March for Science has goals beyond having a large turnout on April 22. The group believes that people have stayed silent for far too long on policies that ignore scientific evidence and put humans and the planet at risk. March for Science believes science “can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.”
— Sierra Tuthill (@Sierra_Tuthill) April 14, 2017
Some of the goals for the march include supporting scientists, humanizing science, and partnering with up with the public. Other goals include advocating for open and inclusive science as well as affirming science as a democratic value.
March for Science also wants to expand upon science education, support science, promote the importance of science in political decision making and encourage legislators to support policies that are backed by scientific evidence.
Though March for Science is not partnered with the People’s Climate March which is happening on April 29, the two groups are in contact with one another.
To find out if a March for Science is taking place near you, click here.