March for Science: Worldwide protests begin to support 'evidence'
23 Abril, 2017, 20:37
The March for Science protests, according to News Corp Australia Network, come amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence and fears that research is being excluded from policymaking.
At the headlining event for the worldwide protest in Washington D.C., speakers criticized the new presidential administration, and protesters held signs targeting the president.
Rallies of this size are common in the nation's capital. We take science for granted, but it has changed our lives and sustains our lifestyle.
Many at the rally also spoke out against the Trump administration's executive orders on immigration.
In an Earth Day statement Saturday, President Trump said that his administration is "committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes and open spaces and to protecting endangered species". "So bad, even introverts are here" March For Science Signs Are So Wonderfully Nerdy https://t.co/rZOArkwe9U pic.twitter.com/gp8U2jr4VY- BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 22, 2017President Trump's proposed 2018 budget calls for deep spending cuts by government science agencies, including a 31 percent reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rahs worries scientists are unfairly losing credibility. "Everywhere you look, we're balancing climate change against the economy, which is just nonsense".
Dozens gathered along the Corpus Christi bayfront to take part in the March for Science. For him, it's a chance for scientists like him to step out of the lab and into the limelight. "I want to keep people interested in science", he said.
This March for Science isn't the only one taking place.
Other cities staging marches include Washington, Berlin, London and Sidney, plus hundreds of smaller communities.
"It's more a cry by scientists saying for too long we've [been] taken for granted and that everybody understands just how important science is for their lives", he said.
Marchers said they're anxious about political involvement in science that rejects, for instance, climate change, environmental concerns and the safety of vaccines. However, they say bringing about awareness about the value of science is a start. "Science shouldn't be a point of conflict - it should be the means to solving conflict". Jesse Alexander, a former electrical engineer and now technical writer said.