The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue has givenpolicymakers permission to reject overwhelming fact-based evidence. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand.
Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of race, sexual orientation, (a)gender identity, ability, religion, age, partisan affiliation, political perspectives, nationalities, socioeconomic and immigration status. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process.
Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.
Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. We speak up now because all of these values are currently at risk. When science is threatened, so is the society that scientists uphold and protect. A government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world.
Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science regarding policies that affect the ability of scientists to publish peer reviewed research without sanction. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science.
The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people's everyday lives. We encourage them, in turn, to listen to communities and consider their research and future plans from the perspective of the people they serve. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.
What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
DATE: April 22, 2017
LOCATION: Start: Sam Houston Park
End: Houston City Hall
Route: Check Event Information Tab
TIME: 11:00 AM
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