Worldwide marches for science, 22 April

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‘Science march’ to challenge Trump’s climate change views

4 February 2017

With the new Trump administration questioning the existence of climate change, The National Science March – which began as a suggestion on Facebook – has turned into a fully-fledged organisation.

On April 22 the group wants to convince the country to listen to its scientists instead of its politicians.

But can a march really make a difference?

Al Jazeera’s Jacob Ward reports from San Francisco.

From Science magazine in the USA:

The marches for science, on one global interactive map

By Lindzi Wessel

Feb. 8, 2017, 3:00 PM

It was a tweet that brought them together. “Hell hath no fury like a scientist silenced,” Caroline Weinberg, a public health educator and science writer in New York City, tweeted late last month. As a result of worries about the impact that President Donald Trump’s administration might have on scientists, Weinberg’s tweet also floated the idea of a “science march” to highlight the importance of research. Someone suggested she contact Jonathan Berman, a like-minded postdoctoral fellow studying hypertension at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, who had already set up a Twitter handle: @ScienceMarchDC.

A few retweets later, “things just blew up,” Weinberg says. Within days, the science march account had more than 300,000 followers and a “secret” Facebook group had more than 800,000 members. And last week, Weinberg, Berman, and a third co-organizer, anthropology doctoral student Valorie Aquino of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, officially announced that a March for Science would be held on 22 April in Washington, D.C. Science advocates in more than 100 cities around the world say they will hold allied demonstrations the same day.

The marches will be not just for scientists, but for “anyone who believes in empirical science,” the organizers emphasize on the March for Science web page. The demonstrations are meant to be a celebration of science, they say, as well as “a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.” …

And Twitter accounts have sprung up to promote global sister marches in Europe; Canada; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Australia; New Zealand; Hong Kong, China; and possibly Japan (see our interactive map).

The organizers have also been reaching out to established groups for help and support. An alliance with the Earth Day Network, an environmental advocacy group that has been around for some 4 decades, helped cement Earth Day as the march date. Sigma Xi, a research honor society that has some 110,000 members and is based in Durham, North Carolina, announced on 3 February it would be an official partner. The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA, 1700 members) discovered the march will conflict with the last day of its annual meeting, scheduled for a venue in New Orleans, Louisiana, that is eight blocks from the starting point of that city’s planned march. So AAPA leaders decided to cancel that day’s plenary talk and lead attendees to the demonstration. …

March organizers … hope the event will catalyze all kinds of actions in support of science, including lobbying policymakers. But “the time has long passed where it’s OK to stay silent,” says Weinberg, noting that although the march is nonpartisan, getting politicians to pay attention to science in policy is a major goal. “The point of science is getting to the truth and helping us understand the world, and acting as though this has no role in politics is ridiculous.”

On 22 April, the Dutch March for Science will be on the Museumplein square in Amsterdam.

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