What started off as an impromptu call for action in the wake of United States President Donald Trump’s attack on important scientific institutions – from the EPA, to NASA, to the NIH – a global movement has arisen to answer that call. In over 600 cities throughout the world, millions of people will take part in what is being dubbed the March for Science. In the face of great threats towards the scientific process and of our planet as a whole, this global march will serve as a catalyst towards a movement backed by critical thinking, skepticism, and most importantly, reason.
And despite this march having arisen in response to President Trump and the Republican’s anti-science motivations, the March for Science will not be a show of politicized “science;” rather the scientific community finally taking political action in opposition towards pseudo-science, whether it’s perpetuated by the Republicans or the Democrats. While the right have been known for various anti-science beliefs – from being anti-abortion, opposing stem cell research, disbelieving evolution, and claiming climate change to be a “hoax” – the left have also shown signs of anti-science bias as well, from the anti-GMO movement to the anti-vaxxers.
Science is at risk of being censored by political elements all across society. To ensure the safety of our planet and for science to remain untainted by political propaganda, today’s march will serve as a direct message from the scientific community to all politicians throughout the world: “We will not go quietly into that good night!”
If you’d like to take part in this momentous occasion, be sure to head on over to the March for Science website and find a march in a city near you.
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