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29 January 2017, 12:46 | Wayne Allen
Scientists must fight for the facts
There's no official date yet for the marches, but the group has said one will be announced soon.
The march now has its own subreddit, Twitter and Facebook page, and blog.
You don't have to be a scientist to participate, either, just a supporter of facts. "Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and can not be allowed to stand as policy, ' the movement's website says".
President Donald Trump has garnered criticism from the American scientific establishment for among other things his apparent efforts to reduce the government's efforts to combat climate change. It states that certain things must be accepted as facts with no alternatives, including that the Earth is becoming warmer due to human action, and that politicians who devalue scientific expertise risk making decisions that are unsafe and do not reflect reality.
Following the Women's Marches held around the world on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration - and widely thought to be the biggest mobilisation in the history of the USA - various groups are now organising a "March for Science".
Plans for a march in Washington have gotten lots of media attention (as well as an endorsement from Bernie Sanders) and the campaign in a few short days has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. "Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public.can not be allowed to stand as policy", they added, calling it an issue that "reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields". There's no date for the march yet, but organisers say they're spending this week working out details, including satellite marches in other cities. The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. "If this gets organized, we will march!"
"A number of people had the independent idea to have a March for Science on Washington and throughout the country". The organizers claim on the site that the march is nonpartisan, and really is more of a protest against the government ignoring science than it is about Trump.
A group of scientists may lead the next march on Washington, D.C. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up.
Also in the email, March for Science promised to, "ensure that this movement is diverse and inclusive of all people (and all fields of science)..."
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