Here's Why Scientists Are Planning Their Own March On Washington

Organizers are still working out details, including the date of the march, which the site says will aim to be "a starting point to take a stand for science in politics".

He and public-health researcher Caroline Weinberg created a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a website on Monday, January 23. Distressed about the repercussions to Trump's actions, scientists have come together in the efforts to plan a march on Washington for the scientific community. "Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and can not be allowed to stand as policy", Berman said.

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Trump transition officials have prohibited scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency from speaking to the media, removed climate change references from the White House webpage and said that they will require to submit their work for review before its published. It states that certain things must be accepted as facts with no alternatives, including that the Earth is becoming warmer due to human action, and that politicians who devalue scientific expertise risk making decisions that are risky and do not reflect reality.

Sanders's post on Facebook included a link to an article about the planned scientists march with the headline "War on Facts Sparks Momentum for Scientists' March on Washington". This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science.

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Following the Women's Marches held around the world on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration - and widely thought to be the biggest mobilisation in the history of the U.S. - various groups are now organising a "March for Science".

"A number of people had the independent idea to have a March for Science on Washington and throughout the country". The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. Across the world, millions of other people marched in solidarity with those in the nation's capital.

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More than 600 faculty and students have signed an open letter, circulated in November, that opposes Trump's Cabinet picks and calls for support of "fact- and reason-based objective inquiry". Environmental activists have also announced plans for their own march in Washington D.C. late April to be organized in similar fashion to the women's march. "We dedicate our lives as scientists to proving or disproving what should have a hold on thought and what is valid in terms of being communicated to the public".


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