You can be a force for science! Join Science NetLinks and AAAS, along with thousands of scientists, researchers, and citizens by participating in a March for Science on Earth Day this Saturday, April 22!
The March for Science is a diverse, non-partisan event celebrating science. Its mission is to "champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity ... [and to] call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest." The march has been endorsed by the largest and most prestigious science organizations and publications in the world, including AAAS, Science, Nature, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Thousands of people are expected to participate virtually, at the more than 500 satellite marches around the world, and in Washington, D.C.
The main march in Washington, D.C., will begin with teach-ins on the Mall at 9 a.m. on topics ranging from saving native bees to how to talk to climate change deniers. Events on the main stage will begin at 10 a.m., and at 2 p.m. participants are scheduled to march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol grounds.
AAAS is hosting a variety of programs in association with the event. You can use Science NetLinks' Science in My Life materials in the days leading up to and following the March to share with us via social media how science affects your everyday life or print out a sign to take to the rally nearest you. In Washington, D.C., AAAS is holding events both at a tent on the Mall and at its 1200 New York Ave., N.W., headquarters, including a pre-march rally, a post-march happy hour, and a variety of workshops for scientists. It also has a website, Force for Science, where it will continue to showcase in-person and online resources for science advocacy around the nation.
As the march organizers share, "We march for countless individual reasons, but gather together as the March for Science to envision and sustain an unbroken chain of inquiry, knowledge, and public benefit for all."
Image courtesy of AAAS.
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