Trump's anti-science agenda gives us protesting scientists

Activists and scientists are expected to descend on Washington tomorrow to rally for environmental causes and government policies rooted in scientific research as part of the Earth Day and March for Science rallies.

On the morning of 22 April, environmental group the Earth Day Network will co-host a teach-in and rally near the Washington Monument, followed by the march through the streets ending at the US Capitol.

This is precisely what's on the agenda of the organizers behind the "March for Science", says Weinberg, who is also keeping an eye on the bigger picture and is already thinking about the time after the demonstration.

Which is pretty much what the Trump administration is doing with science anyway.

Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a critic of the climate-change movement, called the march premise silly, saying, "Trump isn't anti-science".

The Sonora March for Science is scheduled from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m., beginning in Courthouse Park, 41 W. Yaney Ave., and proceeding to the Opera Hall.

The coalition includes the The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, the Green Country Sierra Club, All Souls Green Team, Tulsa Blue Thumb joined with March for Science, Tulsa.

And this is the science that the administration's budget proposes to cut, attempting to persuade the American people that the basic research undertaken in labs across this country doesn't affect them. Disregarding centuries evidence-based work is bad for the world, but indifference to science isn't good enough-everyone should recognize what it's done to improve lives around the globe, and support it moving forward. "Because attacks on science don't just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists' ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomizes that".

The march has gained considerable support.

March for Science organizers referred a request for comment about whether their event could compete with the Climate March to the League of Conservation Voters, which was participating in both events.

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One such group is the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which will capitalise on the gathering to train scientists and science supporters to be more politically active. Rather, they argue, it is pro-science.

Past efforts by NASA to explore outer space have led to many scientific discoveries about the nature of our universe.

For a full list of events, visit the March for Science website.

Scientists and science fans around the world will take to the streets on Saturday in a show of support for facts and reason.

"There was this building desire among scientists to become more willing to enter into the political discussion, and we sort of got the timing right to become the fulcrum for that", says Berman, who became one of the national organisers of the March for Science.

Bill Nye, one of America's most famous scientists, is co-chairing the event alongside Dr. Hanna-Attisha, who discovered risky lead levels in kids living in Flint, Michigan. I firmly believe that evidence-based policy and regulations - whether about our health, environment, economy or education - are in the public interest.

Cuker, a professor of marine and environmental studies at Hampton University, says he and his wife, a middle school STEM teacher, and another colleague plan to march in Washington on Saturday. And we know from the climate science that it's really our carbon pollution that is to blame for this.

One of the earmarks of a thriving nation is respect for its scientific community. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable natural disaster comes from Earth science and engineering studies". "People will be marching because their integrity and honesty has been called into question". Many academic scientists and EPA staffers grew alarmed in January after Trump took office and the EPA halted - at least temporarily - grants and some communications with the public.

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