Celebrate Earth Day by Marching for Science in St. Pete

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

From climate change deniers to anti-vaccinators, those who want to ignore the tenets of scientific research and fundamental knowledge believe that if they lie and present fake science, the American public will fall for it.

Ultimately, the problem with the March for Science is its scope. He joined NHPR's Morning Edition.

Last year, the importance of Earth Day was recognized when 175 countries met in NY on April 22nd to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. 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.

He also points out that the science and models promoted by many of those groups even admit that regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations treaties would have no impact on the climate. What kind of discussion was there in the science community? Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and dozens of other places demanding action to protect our air and water. London: Participants can participate in a crowdsourced video answering three questions about science.

"We are expecting over 200 people to march with us on the 22nd". And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. To be sure, it can be reasonable and helpful to rally for scientific funding, which is appropriated by Congress and therefore inherently political.

"I hope that the many decent people in government recognize the role of science in propelling progress".

Here we go. We're in the home stretch. "Maybe it is becoming a political issue, but I think that pretending that it's not is potentially" a risk. And then what we do about it, that's a whole separate issue. Fewer than half of Americans believe that climate change is due to human activity, according to a Pew study released previous year. The Women's March on Main also was not designed as a partisan event, but the crowd was heavily against the Trump administration.

How do I participate outside D.C.?

Or is this more about the threat of potential changes? "The March for Science is a national, non-profit, non-partisan group organizing to uphold evidence-based environmental policies, science education, and funding for scientific research".

The March for Science is an action to call upon lawmakers to measure their decisions on evidence-based research and support government-sponsored programs that have led to remarkable advances for our society, everything from life-saving medications to innovations that have improved crop yields.

A 2009 Pew Research poll found that most scientists identify as Democrats (55 percent), while 32 percent said they are independent and six percent claimed to be Republican. So that sort of self- preservation in terms of whether I still get paid that's actually not really a concern for me personally.

"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.

We saw with the women's marches in recent months that you can catch the president's attention. Is there some intention on your part to see the president's attention turn to what's happening in these marches and pay attention to a subject he wouldn't otherwise? "The situation could become serious if the President's proposed cuts are enacted". "The people who own this (green) technology will end up owning the world just like in the Industrial Revolution". So if that's one of the outcomes, I think that's great, but I don't think that's a necessary outcome.

The 'March for Science' campaign aims to point out to the public why funding for science is important and highlight how this is now under threat and show support for evidence-based policy and academic freedom both in Scotland, Europe and in the US.

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