Huge "March for Science" will protest Trump's war on facts

21 April, 2017, 19:47 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Global warming: Science or dogma?

Calling the March 29 march a "mass mobilization", the national coordinator of the Peoples Climate Movement describes the Trump administration's repeal of Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan as "a unsafe step that puts people and the planet at grave risk". The modern environmental movement was launched and almost half a century later, Earth Day continues to be a day of action and mobilization that engages more than 1 billion people in 192 countries.

Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and this year, it also marks the first March for Science in Washington, D.C., and several other cities, organized in part to celebrate the role science plays in our everyday lives and to advocate for evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest. He addresses the chilly atmosphere for scientists now in Washington, DC, and talks about the dire situation the world finds itself on as President Donald Trump rolls back initiatives meant to combat climate change.

March supporters say that they do not intend for this to be a fleeting movement, and want to engage outside of the scientific community. The proposal also calls for huge cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency - a 31 percent reduction in funding and layoffs of about 3,000 of the agency's 15,000-person staff, according to Nature, a weekly science journal. "It is not about any particular public official or political figure or particular funding situation but more generally about a statement about the relevance or the significance or the value of science". These dramatic cuts could negatively affect human and environmental health as well as ongoing scientific research.

The March for Science Seattle rally begins at 10 Cal Anderson Park.

"It's hard to say exactly what needs to happen, but it needs to start somewhere", Higgins said. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. "We must capture the imagination of the very people whom our mission benefits and share with them our own enthusiasm for science", they write. Attacks on science are not new, but they are particularly harmful today. University of Washington doctoral candidate Caitlin E. Littlefield, who is studying the response of forests to climate change, told the Times: "I think our time would be better spent if we all took a science skeptic out for a cup of coffee to demonstrate that we're not all that bad". Article provided by American Forum, a nonprofit media organization that works to encourage more citizen debate on important societal issues. But we care about this.

Unfortunately, we're living in a time where lies are presented as "alternative facts" and science is pooh-poohed as theory. The public also believes that good policy and regulatory decisions should be grounded in science and free from political interference.

"That thought was just so horrifying", she said. Earth Day Network's goal is to support the inevitable move to the post-fossil fuel world economy by educating and preparing the next generation of students to be ready for tomorrow's jobs. As federal science data websites began to disappear, many began to voice their concern over the fate of the scientific community in the U.S., according to the U.S. News and World Report.

"We are in an era in which the way that people structure their beliefs around science is of concern", Lynn said.

He cited the famous Isaac Newton quote: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants". "Maybe it is becoming a political issue, but I think that pretending that it's not is potentially" a risk. We know here in New Hampshire our winters are getting warmer, our lake ice is dwindling, we know our summers are hotter, the sea levels are rising, we see more intense storms.


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