Why March for Science?
This year on Earth Day, hundreds of people across the country will participate in The March for Science. This event is intended to celebrate science and the role science plays in our lives. Event coordinators describe the event as a “call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”
Scientific evidence is increasingly ignored by public polices and politicians. The scientific community fears without public support it will continue to be so. Science should influence policy, but it should not serve special interests.
The March for Science event aims to bridge the gap between the public and the scientific community while defending scientific integrity. Event organizers believe the best way to protect science is to encourage the public “to value and invest in it.”
Originally posted 2017-04-21 00:21:55.