Earth Day, Climate Agreement and March for Science

AFP  Getty Images                       Protesters in Sydney are supporting science at a major march

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. "Science has helped us understand the climate crisis, now we need to demand political action to help solve it". "Science benefits every single person living on this plant, we can not move forward as a civilization without it". Proposed budget cuts, potential threats to worldwide collaboration and insufficient funding in the United Kingdom are all existing problems which need to be addressed.

State Sens. Steve Halloran and Steve Erdman discussed climate change on April 8 in Hastings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely.

But many University scientists do not share Young's worries. It is critically important that we recognize and sustain the integrity of the scientific process as we contemplate and evaluate decisions about our future. And for those with vacation time to kill - and what good socialist-minded environmentalist doesn't have lots of free time? - go ahead and hang around for another week for another hate Trump rally disguised as sound science advocacy, the People's Climate March, set for the following Saturday.

The March for Science will take place in Washington and in more than 500 locations across the globe, including Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

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The March for Science, a demonstration that took a cue from January's Women's March, is protesting the anti-science agenda that the new US administration has put forward. Prof. Christine Leuenberger, science and technology studies, expressed her concern about how other government policies such as the proposed travel restrictions may negatively impact scientific research and advancement. They worry that organisers will not be able to control the message. She said that initial resistance within the march's leadership to issuing an internal statement that diversity and inclusion were core values had the effect of weakening the March and its goals by alienating those who stand to lose the most in the War on Science.

THIS YEAR'S Earth Day represents a pivotal moment in the fight for our environment, as it will be marked by the first March for Science.

Rather than marching on Washington and in other locations around the country, I suggest that my fellow scientists march into local civic groups, churches, schools, county fairs and, privately, into the offices of elected officials. David Suzuki Foundation senior editor Ian Hanington and I will launch our new book, Just Cool It! "After all poverty, climate change and health pandemics are transnational problems and they can only be addressed with transnational solutions that are based on sound, evidence-based and transparent science", Leuenberger said. But most importantly there are solutions.

Our collective failure to do that has had many negative impacts on people's lives.

"We are not going to have a planet if this administration goes on thinking that climate change is a hoax and tries to convince people that climate change is a hoax", she said. Standing together to make ourselves heard is one of the best ways to ensure they fulfill their responsibilities. Politicians are supposed to work for the long-term well-being of people who elect them, not to advance the often short-sighted agendas of those who pay large sums of money to get their way regardless of the consequences.

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