'March for Science' will be held on Earth Day

In fact, there are marches on every continent except Antarctica!

While the official March for Science takes place at the National Mall in Washington D.C., there are now 514 satellite marches registered in approximately 37 different countries, according to marchforscience.com, the official march registration website.

Jeffrey Anderson, an associate professor of radiology and bioengineering at the University of Utah, told the New York Times that he "planned to fly from Salt Lake City to the march in Washington with his partner and four teenage children".

But many University scientists do not share Young's worries. "Science benefits every single person living on this plant, we can not move forward as a civilization without it".

He believes the event will motivate more people to stand up for what they believe in and act as a wake up call to those who have lost hope of changing the world.

Think of the many ways that federally supported science resulted in improvements in our lives, from cures for cancer to weather forecasting to smartphones and the internet.

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Students from Solouki's group will participate in communication workshops organized by AAAS at their headquarters Friday, where scientists will receive training on how to present their research to the public.

Without scientific research, there wouldn't be vaccines, antibiotics, clean air and drinking water, cars, electricity-all aspects of modern life that benefit everyone, including people in positions of power who ignore its importance. The march and its organisers have faced criticism for their approach to issues involving diversity of leadership and the inclusion of marginalised groups - problems that have long plagued scientific culture. Though the march has a political statement to make, this is not an attack on the Trump administration.

Christopher Kahler, professor of behavioral and social sciences, said that the goal of this march is to advocate for policies in government and funding that would benefit science and to show the value of science to society as a whole. Researchers' budgets are shrinking fast, and when politicians decide scientific conclusions are not to their liking they simply shut down that line of research.

Are there scientists you know who've made the decision not to get involved? Although the marches in previous years were not focused on Donald Trump, the People's Climate March on April 29 is being promoted specifically as an anti-Trump protest on the event website, which stresses the role of opposition to Donald Trump's environmental policies in the broader anti-Trump "resistance" movement. I am anxious that my granddaughter, now 2 1/2-years-old, will grow up to live in a world strikingly different from that we enjoyed and prospered from during the last half of the 20th century. "But we are realizing that we are in crisis mode and it's time to speak up and come out of our labs and educate the public". "97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change exists, that it is manmade, but it has been politicized to the point where it makes it seem like it's still a hotly-debated subject". The north country is home to countless examples of everyday science.

On Saturday, April 22-Earth Day-thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts will take to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the March of Science. Scientists and supporters in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Melbourne or Hong Kong will take to the streets. Think even about how our ability to detect Russian submarines allowed us to win the Cold War or the advanced science that went into guiding those Tomahawk missiles in Syria.

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