Scientists latest group to march in protest in Trump era

People stand together holding placards during the March for Science day at Martin Place in Sydney

Rather, the broad message we are trying to convey is that a large majority of people supports scientific research, freedom of information, and evidence-based policies. Trump has placed gag orders on government science agencies, frozen funds, and reversed science-based policies.

"Instead of investing in cleaner, renewable, we're still stuck on coal", he said, contending that Utah political leaders favor energy production over the environment.

"And this comes at a time when we ought to really be inspiring science and innovation, in light of these extreme global challenges that we face, from global food insecurity to global climate change", she explained. Souza said the march aims to show "in the most public way possible" precisely how many people support science, not just in the USA, but also across the world.

According to some of the global organisers, Earth Day Network, American Geophysical Union, National Science Teachers Association and Carnegie Science, "defending science, innovation and discovery is an absolute must in every community throughout the world".

Thousands of people in hundreds of places worldwide will take to the streets in support for science on Earth Day, taking place this year on Saturday (22 April), in an event underlining the hard relationship between science and politics.

Litterst shares that there are many protests scheduled for this summer.

The organizers have worked to ensure that the events associated with the Washington D.C. march are accessible. She said that initial resistance within the march's leadership to issuing an internal statement that diversity and inclusion were core values had the effect of weakening the March and its goals by alienating those who stand to lose the most in the War on Science.

One of the earmarks of a thriving nation is respect for its scientific community.

"Scientists are often reticent to go public", Rush Holt, a former member of Congress and CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said in a Wednesday press conference about the march.

The march is a response to the "perceived exclusivity of science", as scientists want the general public to understand that everyone is part of the scientific endeavour, Alexander said.

You've seen the Women's March, the "No Ban, No Wall" protests and several other public demonstrations fighting the current presidential administration and some of its attitudes towards certain groups or situations in the United States.

"This is not about whether Trump is attacking science, this is about whether Trump agrees with their views or not", Burnett said. Climate change is real. For some researchers, participating in the march to support science and the future of their disciplines is a must.

I do worry about that a little bit, but ultimately I decided that certainly for climate science, this issue has been so politicized for so long, I think it's hard for it to get more politicized.

"I march because fundamental research is the best way for us to know not only ourselves better, but the reality of the world and universe that we live in". It's a nonpartisan event that policy makers and politicians to treat scientists and scientific research as legitimate, and to realize how much harm they could be doing if they cut scientific funding or ignore warnings. She admitted that it was a little "weird" that people will be marching in the streets for science, and particularly for conclusions "we thought were obvious" and that have had bipartisan support.

The petition, available online, shows that the signers hold degrees in various science fields, some with PhDs, but there is no evidence indicating they have climate science expertise.

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