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Here's why thousands of scientists are (and aren't) marching on Saturday


The March for Science, a worldwide effort, will start at the Earth Day Festival and march along the River Trails Park following the Hands Around the Park Ceremony at noon. While the University does not generally sponsor participation in marches, it does recognize that they are a form of advocacy, according to the email.

The March for Science, on the other hand, was organized post-inauguration, largely as a reaction to concerns about the Trump administration's treatment of scientific research and science-related issues, including the issue of climate change. And the Sedona, Arizona march is called the "Women's March for Earth and Science". Hundreds of satellite marches are set to take place around the globe. As of April 20, the event's official Twitter account has around 348,000 followers. "This moment is bigger than the scientific community. Scientists coming together to fight for all of the progress we have made, and will make, is absolutely worth a couple of hours of your time". "They are accused of having a political agenda and their work isn't taken serious anymore", says Rogers, who regards the march as a meaningful reaction of concerned scientists and United States citizens.

But critics condemn the project as problematic political enthusiasm.

"I'm definitely in support of (the march)", said Joe Hogan, professor of biostatistics.

He is still not sure whether he will attend the march on Thursday.

The organizers have worked to ensure that the events associated with the Washington D.C. march are accessible. And as a scientist, that's not a political issue, that's not a partisan issue.

Some EPA staffers anticipated the change in administration and began storing federal data on climate change well before it could be taken off federal web sites and hidden away by the new administration.

But many University scientists do not share Young's worries.

Regular readers of this column know my general response to science is: I'm not buyin' it. "Because attacks on science don't just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists' ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomizes that".

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This reasoning is simply not enough for Caroline Weinberg: "Funding is important, yes, but this is about far more than that". "The benefits to humanity are so important and worth fighting for".

It would not remain without consequences if scientific evidence was disregarded in policy making, Weinberg believes.

Elias Zerhouni, president of global research and development at French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and a former director of the US National Institutes of Health, said science "is a universal language driven by facts and reason". In the case of origins of life, 98 percent of scientists surveyed by Pew Research Center agree that humans have evolved over time.

We saw with the women's marches in recent months that you can catch the president's attention.

The Trump administration's policies threaten this leadership. "In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?"

"They fear it makes them into lobbyists". But despite the fact that it will be hard for most people to book tickets to stay in D.C. on two consecutive weekends, organizers insist that the two events - which they say promote different, but related, goals - will complement one another, rather than compete for support. "We hope to break down the barriers between scientists and their communities, encouraging a dialogue and engendering greater trust". Scientific advancement has given our society a standard of living that was unimaginable for many generations.

April will see three major protests, the Tax March, Earth Day and March for Science and the Climate March.

The national march in D.C. this Saturday, along with satellite events across the country (and around the world) likely won't match the turnout of the Women's March on January 21 - a protest some observers speculated was among the largest in US history.

But the Trump era has seen a marked increase in demonstrations on the city's federal land.

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