March for Science to stand up for reason

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The March for Science's stated mission is championing for robust funding, but time is up for researching climate change.

Ebell, who headed Trump's EPA transition team, said scientists have begun using their research to make policy recommendations, something he suggests goes beyond their expertise and should be left to lawmakers. "The March for Science is a national, non-profit, non-partisan group organizing to uphold evidence-based environmental policies, science education, and funding for scientific research".

"I think it is fair to say that this administration catalyzed the happening of this march, there is no doubt about that", she told reporters.

President Trump's proposed 2017 budget laid out the administration's priorities and science is not one of them.

The emphasis will be on practical applications of science in everyday life, said Casey Hoffman, a Ph.D. student in infectious diseases at UVa. Just be sure to wear comfortable and supportive shoes if you plan to be on your feet for much of the day.

The movement quickly gained momentum and now more than 500 satellite marches being held globally. Also, they will demand that "billions not be spent on a wall, but on strengthening public schools to educate all our children regardless of immigration status", according to the American Federation of Teachers, one of the many unions supporting actions on that day.

Sabrina Solouki, a Cornell University doctoral student in the field of immunology and infectious disease, is organizing a contingent of almost 150 graduate students and postdocs to attend the march. There have also been talks of a knitted brain hat - similar to the "Pussyhats" donned by demonstrators at the Women's March. The Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal published by the American College of Physicians, called on doctors to join the march in an editorial titled "Alternative Facts Have No Place In Science", the Los Angeles Times reports. "So this is the overwhelming consensus of the world scientists, and yet at that congressional hearing, as you noted, I was the only witness there to basically put forward the consensus view on the science, and then there were three contrarian witnesses, who have attempted to attack the science in various ways in the past".

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But for the organizers behind March for Science Toronto, the focus isn't only about showing support for the USA science community. "Science knows no borders", he said. "We don't want it to happen again". At that point, it was the largest oil spill in USA history, and still ranks third behind the Exxon Valdez in 1989 and Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.

"#ScienceMarch also represents a tragic lost opportunity to do better than science's racist, sexist, ableist, colonialist, oppressive past", she tweeted. "But he was extremely supportive of our efforts, and once we reached an understanding of our non-partisan goals, Rush helped connect us to other scientific societies".

On Earth Day (Saturday), scientists are set to ditch their labs and hit the streets, in what is being dubbed as the largest ever protest by science advocates against US President Donald Trump. I felt like when people come together to support things in a big show like this, it does actually have a positive impact, and I think we've seen that through some of the other marches that have taken place. "That scared off many people", says Coyne.

And for some their reasons were deeply personal.

"President Trump's proposed travel ban as well as the rising anti-immigrant rhetoric increasingly keeps global scientists from wanting to collaborate with US scientists and some have called for boycotting USA conferences", Leuenberger explained. "This medication not only saved his life but it saved him from having to suffer frightful long-term side effects", Williams wrote.

"Science and democracy benefit each other and both benefit from transparency, logic and civic engagement". That's what the true spirit of Earth Day and taking care of our environment should be.