Join us for March for Science on Earth Day

  • Join us for March for Science on Earth Day

Join us for March for Science on Earth Day

Marches will be held in 11 Australian cities and 440 locations globally, as scientists and their supporters unite to celebrate science and to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

The Trump administration's attitude towards science and technology has bred great resentment among the Washington, D.C. -based Earth Day Network and their employees.

There are also more than 500 "satellite marches" scheduled to occur around the world on the same day.

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.

The March for Science is a celebration of science, organizers said.

Environmental concerns have been on the rise in Wisconsin.

The administration's budget proposal calls for an 18 percent reduction to the National Institutes of Health, which is an important source of funding for research projects.

Under Trump's budget blueprint, the National Institutes of Health would lose almost $6 billion in funding, a massive blow to federally funded medical and scientific research.

But Trump allies say those criticisms could be lobbed at scientists, as well. I go to Greenland and Antarctica and I see these changes happening. "He runs one of the chemistry labs and he's taken 13 trips to Antarctica, so I wanted to do this to sort of honor his work and all the research he's spent his life doing", she says. Political turmoil has given rise to the "post-truth" era, she said, in which people ignore facts that undermine their own beliefs. Its goal is ultimately to communicate to the public that science serves the common good. "That's really important because it seems like people want to make this into an us versus them thing and that's not what it is supposed to be".

Clearly aware of the potential criticism, the march's website addresses the issue: "The march is explicitly a political movement, aimed at holding leaders in politics and science accountable", though it stresses that it is meant to be non-partisan. "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?"

Later in the show, Mann talks about why he wrote a satirical book about climate change.

The first complaint is that the Trump administration is too rash and acts "imprecisely and impartially". The marchers plan to descend Main Street to the walkway between Main Street and Swede Alley where the Franz the Bear statue is located.

Johnston admits the same concern slipped into her mind. The local March for Science is part of a nationwide movement planned on Saturday.

The March for Science has been endorsed by more than a hundred groups, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest science organization, the American Physician Scientists Association, Girls Who Code, the Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made several sweeping moves that put the future of science in jeopardy, according to several members of the movement. [Our pillars will be] public policy, science education, sustainability and public health.

Applying science to policy is not inherently a partisan issue, they explained, but increasingly politicians in both parties have been advancing potentially harmful anti-science agendas. Right now, Ferris says, an invisible wall exists.