Mr. Pielke, who has been criticized by the climate-change movement for challenging the "consensus", said he fears the event may erode the public's trust in science by reinforcing the impression that research is being spun to advance political causes. It is because of science that we can deploy technology to protect our country against terrorism.
In a political climate where the existence of climate change is actually debated and the future state of the planet is listed at the bottom of priorities, any support for the scientific method is not only important - it is necessary. Executive orders to start the rollback of the Clean Power Plan, lift the federal moratorium on coal leasing on public lands, and green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines pose major threats to Americans' health and environment and the world's climate. The "Week of Action" starts with the March for Science on April 22, a demonstration for science funding and accessibility happening in almost 500 communities around the world.
The backlash against science is widespread and has far reaching implications, Zurawski said.
In Canada, marches have been organized in nearly every province. It would also be hypocritical for anyone to claim that they are against science because "if you use a cellphone, if you use an airplane, you're trusting science", he added. "We don't want it to happen again". Even if you are not a scientist like me, you can still join us on the National Mall or, if that's not possible, participate in the satellite event at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis.
The concept of a march for science has become a divisive topic among scientists. Sometimes the march appears to be focused on safeguarding science and evidence-based policy.
The new USA president has said the concept of global warming was made by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive.
If we choose to ignore science and refuse to fund important scientific research, we voluntarily cede our place as a world leader in innovation. They stressed the importance of science in fulfilling the University's mission to create successful scholars and emphasized the necessity of advocating for science. "This is not healthy for science, and more broadly, in terms of how scientists engage with policymakers".
Now if there isn't a March for Science protest happening near you, there's probably some type of Earth Day protest or event taking place within your area.
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Protest organizers say Americans deserve to know about Trump's business ties and potential conflicts of interest. In South Florida, activists marched to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying this weekend.
But Calum MacKichan, a Scotsman who organises the march in Brussels, said the goal was much broader than just an anti-Trump protest.
Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said those efforts by first-time organizers grew out of the Women's March, where many participants brought messages in support of science to an event with an ostensibly separate objective.
In the days after the 2017 United States presidential inauguration, resistance to the anti-science stance trumpeted during the 2016 campaign grew in online discussions on Reddit. Though it is best that scientists avoid partisan stands, it surely is not a partisan act to defend the need for legitimate scientific research that is carried out purely in the public interest without interference from special interests.
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.
President Trump's proposed budget includes elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and cuts to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, measures that would impact scientific research. Over the past three months, organizers pushed for the scientific community to find common ground to celebrate the role of scientific discovery in society and policy.
Erich Osterberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Science at Dartmouth College, and he's speaking at the Concord event.
"The march won't change the mind of the people, whose minds need to be changed", Robert Young, coastal scientist at Western Carolina University, said.