Scientists, doctors, and environmentalists headed to DC and 500 cities worldwide on April 14 to raise hell at the March for Science, a protest against the govt’s anti-science policies. Learn more about the march here!
The second annual March For Science was held worldwide on April 14, and while the event didn’t draw as many crowds as the 2017 event, protesters voices (and signs) still made a significant impact. You can click through our gallery above to see the incredible pics from the 2018 march, read more about the march stands for, below. The March for Science mission statement is so poignant: “The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” Hear, hear!
1. The March for Science is about the need to respect and encourage scientific research. While the March for Science is not really a political protest, protecting the environment becomes a political issue when our top government officials refuse to act on important issues, or flat out deny climate change exists (*cough* Trump). The March for Science sees science as “a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” It’s a nonpartisan event asking policy makers and politicians to treat scientists and scientific research as legitimate, and to realize how much harm they could be doing if they cut scientific funding or ignore warnings. Even more so, “the March for Science is a celebration of science,” organizers say. “It is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives.”
2. The Washington, DC, rally begins at 8:00am ET on the National Mall. The event grounds open at 8:00am on the National Mall, north of the Washington Monument. You can get a map of the march route HERE. The actual march doesn’t start until 2:00pm. but between then, there will be tons of special lectures, activities, performances and speakers to inspire. It’s going to be a full day of celebration!
3. If you can’t make it, the March for Science will be live streamed. Not everyone can make it to Washington, DC. Some people can’t even get out there and march in their own cities. If you can’t march, you can still tune in to the event in solidarity, by heading to the March for Science website and watch a live stream. You’ll also get to see videos, messages, and photos taken by participators come in online in real time.
4. There will be satellite marches in 500 other cities worldwide. There’s likely a March for Science happening in an area near you on April 14! Even if you’re abroad, there are many countries participating. In fact, there are marches on every continent except Antarctica! Whether you’re in the US, Colombia, Uganda, Australia, Japan, or Germany, you’re covered. You can find out if people are marching near you HERE.
5. Bill Nye is speaking. We know him as Bill Nye the Science Guy, but Bill is a legitimate, prolific scientist who is trying to enact real change in our government. He’s a passionate protestor against climate change, and the perfect speaker to lead the pre-March for Science festivities. Plus, he’s Bill Nye. It’s going to be so much fun. Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!