Day 93: Celebrate Science!

March for Science!

DAY 93 ACTION: Join a March for Science today. And thank a scientist for their work!

Students 2 Science is a nonprofit that works with Newark Public Schools to expose high school students to science. Credit: Steve Remich/Wall Street Journal

“Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist

Science is under attack from the Trump Administration. Many of Trump’s top political appointees are proudly anti-science, including Scott Pruitt, the head of EPA who isn’t convinced humans are causing climate change.

While some Republicans argue that they’re not scientists, they feel qualified to discount science when it comes to climate change, or health risks posed by chemicals. Meanwhile, many real scientists are reluctant to enter the political fray. (By the way! We know the awesome female scientist who wrote this blog!)

But scientists are stepping up, to defend the fundamentals. The Trump budget threatens to slash public funding for research. And many are worried that climate science and other government research may be removed from the public domain. Scientists have been working around the clock to archive data from government websites, led by groups such as the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and Data Refuge.

Today, people around the world will join one of 500 Science Marches, celebrating science and asking politicians to consider scientific evidence in policy-making. Let’s support their efforts. A win for science is a blow to alternative facts!

Today’s Action: Join a March for Science near you! Follow marchers on Twitter! And talk up about the importance of independent, publicly funded science.


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