Marching for Mother Earth


March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference

 

Scientists and supporters participate in a March for Science in Washington DC, 22 April 2017

Scientists and supporters participate in a March for Science in Washington DC, 22 April 2017

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People marched in Washington DC against President Trump, who is cutting funding for scientific research

Thousands of scientists have taken part in demonstrations around the world in protest against what they see as a global political assault on facts.

The first-ever March for Science, which was timed to coincide with Earth Day, was aimed at promoting action to protect the environment.

Organisers said it was a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.

The main event was held in Washington DC.

The event’s promoters said the march in the US capital was not aimed against President Donald Trump, while adding that his administration had “catalysed” the movement.

March for Science demonstrators rally in Washington DC, 22 April 2017

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Protesters carried placards that read “Science belongs to everyone” and “Science, not silence”

At the demonstration in Washington DC, Dr Jonathan Foley, the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, said that research was being irrationally questioned, adding that attacks from politicians “amounted to oppression”.

“They’re specifically targeting science that protects our health, our safety and the environment. Science that protects the most vulnerable among us,” he said.

“Some people will suffer, some could even die,” Dr Foley added.

From climate change and pollution to medicine, men and women who support science were motivated on Saturday by the coverage of the recent Women’s March and are mobilising to make their concerns heard.

Supporters of science and research gather for the March for Science protest in Sydney, 22 April 2017

Supporters of science and research gather for the March for Science protest in Sydney, 22 April 2017

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Protesters hold placards and banners as they participate in the March for Science rally on Earth Day, in Sydney, Australia, 22 April 2017

Protesters hold placards and banners as they participate in the March for Science rally on Earth Day, in Sydney, Australia, 22 April 2017

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Demonstrators are rallying against what they see as a global political assault on facts
Demonstrators hold banners before the March for Science in front of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, 22 April 2017

Demonstrators hold banners before the March for Science in front of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, 22 April 2017

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Protesters in Berlin, Germany, held placards in support of the scientific community
People gather in front of the Brandenburg Gate in support of scientific research during the March for Science in Berlin, Germany, 22 April 2017

People gather in front of the Brandenburg Gate in support of scientific research during the March for Science in Berlin, Germany, 22 April 2017

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Thousands of protesters around the world have taken part in the first-ever March for Science

Organisers of the March for Science Vienna, in Austria, earlier said on the group’s Facebook page that it was encouraging people to turn out to join a movement that began shortly after Mr Trump entered the White House.

Mr Trump has previously called climate change a hoax and his views have raised concerns among the scientific community that the public are beginning to doubt the facts provided as scientific evidence.

A woman holds a sign as she participates in the March for Science in Vienna, Austria, 22 April 2017

A woman holds a sign as she participates in the March for Science in Vienna, Austria, 22 April 2017

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Large crowds in the Austrian capital Vienna joined the worldwide protest
People holding placards during the March for Science day at the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland, 22 April 2017

People holding placards during the March for Science day at the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland, 22 April 2017

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Marchers turned out in Geneva, Switzerland

In London, scientists and science enthusiasts marched from the Science Museum to Parliament Square.

Many were protesting against what they consider to be an “alarming trend” among politicians for discrediting their research.

Scientists and science enthusiasts gather for the March for Science outside the Science Museum in central London, 22 April 2017

Scientists and science enthusiasts gather for the March for Science outside the Science Museum in central London, 22 April 2017

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A large crowd of enthusiasts turned up at the Science Museum in central London
Scientists and science enthusiasts participate in the March for Science in central London, 22 April 2017

Scientists and science enthusiasts participate in the March for Science in central London, 22 April 2017

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Thousands marched in London, from the Science Museum to Parliament Square

The aim of the March for Science was to bring scientists and their research closer to the general public.

Organisers are of the view that it can be challenging for scientists to communicate with the public and are even actively encouraging scientists to become politicians so that their voices can be effectively heard.

 

 

 

It’s Earth Day and I always try to celebrate.  I support the importance of Science, especially in a world where the EPA is being defunded and “Alternate Facts” (i.e. LIES) are in vogue.

 

As Neil DeGrasse Tyson says: “The good thing about Science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not.”

 

I couldn’t agree more.  We must all encourage the next generation to not only embrace the truth in science, but to go into the sciences and study STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  Science will lead us to a safe, prosperous future; lies will destroy us all.

 

Namaste,

Barbara

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