Outraged by the Trump administration's war on science, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity will participate in March for Science events across the country this Saturday.
In Canada, marches have been organized in nearly every province.
Before the march begins, the organizers have arranged "teach-ins" starting at 9am, and guest speakers at a rally from 10am onward. "That scared off many people", says Coyne. Coinciding with Earth Day on Saturday, the scientists have organized a satellite March for Science through downtown Spokane to demonstrate their support.
Earth Day, starting with the first one on April 22,1970 provides an annual celebration of our ecosystem and an opportunity to join forces and speak out against the threats facing our planet and our families.
The partnership with the March for Science makes sense.
MIT and Harvard renewable energy modeler Dr. Geoffrey Supran added, "The March for Science and the Peoples Climate March go hand-in-hand".
An executive order signed in March rolls back at least six of former President Obama's executive orders that aimed to curb climate change. Organizers expect "tens of thousands" of attendees in Washington and at the 200 other simultaneous events around the country. This year, with all of those landmarks under attack by special interests and President Donald Trump pushing an anti-regulatory agenda, scientists have no choice but to fight back. "They want the government to continue funding their projects and if they stop, the researchers claim that the Trump administration is attacking science". "It's not just NIH, it's EPA, it's NOAA".
But Trump allies say those criticisms could be lobbed at scientists, as well. I plan to march in Boston because policy decisions that affect the environment (and many other issues such as health and education) must be informed by scientific evidence.
He said the march idea quickly spread internationally as the scientific community saw the danger of "alternative facts" and belief-driven policy starting to take precedence over scientific evidence.
"I see science as a way to help people and a way to get an objective truth about the world", he said. "I mean, give me a break". In unprecedented solidarity, many large scientific societies, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, are partners in the march.
The march is seen by worldwide organisers as "a global effort to push back against a political climate that has become increasingly hostile toward sound, evidence-based science and its value to society". London: Participants can participate in a crowdsourced video answering three questions about science.
The op-ed you're talking about was written by a scientist named Robert Young and he made the argument that this could raise concerns about scientists losing credibility by injecting themselves into a political debate.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), a Democrat on the House Science Committee, said he expects the message to be "don't cut" funding for research, a message he hopes resonates with appropriators in Congress.
"It's bewildering to me and members of the scientific community that any group of leaders would lie down passively and accept some of the proposals that have been bandied about", said Kedes, a professor of immunology, microbiology and cancer biology at the UVa School of Medicine. "This won't last forever and we need to keep people's spirits up, and keep good research being done".