March for Science set for Earthday April 22 across Australia
Scientists and friends of Science are organising a March for Science on Earth Day 2017, 22 April 2017 in the United States. There will also be marches across the world, including in Australia.
Today the Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel compared Trump’s science censorship (See Scientific American, Techcrunch, The Guardian) with the treatment of science under Josef Stalin’s dictatorship in Russia. Read the reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian.
The March for Science describes itself as “a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.”
See march details at bottom of article.
“We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, political perspectives and nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognise that science is everywhere and affects everyone. Science is often an arduous process but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future.”
“This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.”
It’s time to stand with scientists for scientific facts and transparency and against scientific censorship and climate denial, not the ‘alternative facts’ being peddled for an ideological agenda both here in Australia (‘clean coal’ being peddled by Turnbull Government is actually pretty dirty, very expensive and won’t slash our power emissions) and in the United States.
As experts in climate science and business, Michael Mann and Christopher Wright write in the Guardian:
Beyond destroying our politics and corroding public trust in science, climate change denial also threatens the future of a habitable planet and a viable global economy. As a growing body of research has revealed, the maintenance of a “fossil fuels forever” mentality has real implications for the future of global food production, biodiversity, social functioning and geopolitical security.
Melbourne 1pm – 4pm Saturday April 22 Melbourne CBD Facebook Event
Sydney 12pm – 3pm Saturday April 22. Sydney CBD Facebook Event
Canberra 10am – 1pm Saturday April 22. Canberra. Facebook Event
Perth – details TBC. See Facebook group page
Adelaide – details TBC See Facebook Group page
Townsville – details TBC. See Facebook Group page
Brisbane – details TBC. See Facebook Group Page
Use the hastags: #icareaboutsciencebecause and #sciencemarchau