Tomorrow is Earth Day. Find a local #MarchForScience.
In addition to being Earth Day, tomorrow is also the March for Science in Washington, D.C., and in 517 other cities around the world. Today's #DailyRevolution is to find a March for Science near you here, and then take a public stand for science and the protection of our planet by RSVP-ing. If you can't make a march near you, the D.C. march will be streamed online.
In the words of its organizers: "The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments." Co-hosted by the Earth Day Network, the event aims to call for politicians to implement science-based policies while celebrating the importance of science in our society. The march's website doesn't mention 45 explicitly, and the organizers maintain that it is a non-partisan movement, but the timing of the event makes it pretty clear: Tomorrow’s march is in protest of this administration's dangerous policies and attitudes toward science.
It's especially critical these days that we stand up for the pursuit of knowledge and evidence-based policies. 45 has said some pretty ridiculous stuff about science, from tweeting that fracking has "ZERO health risks" to claiming that there's a link between vaccines and autism, and that climate change isn't a thing. But the risk posed by this administration goes far beyond misinformation, including these examples:
During his first days as President, 45 silenced government scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a gag order.
Scott Pruitt, who sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of polluters, is now in charge of the EPA.
We've already written about the major cuts that 45's budget proposes for the EPA, which would eliminate 50 programs and cut 87% of new research.
Cuts are also proposed for the National Institute of Health (NIH), NASA's Earth Science Program, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science (U.S. DOE Office of SC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
Considering what’s at stake, we can't think of a better way to honor Earth Day than by advocating for the scientists who help keep us informed on how to best protect ourselves and this planet. The D.C. march will consist of 20+ teach-ins, a rally featuring science superstars like Bill Nye and Mona Hanna-Attisha, and a march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. If you can't attend a local march, you can still attend the D.C. march virtually!