March for Science to take place this weekend

Sydneysiders Join Global March For Science Protest

Anyone who paid attention to last year's presidential campaign, or to literally any word that has ever come out of Trump's mouth, knows we now live in a post-fact society. "A child asking questions about the world is science, baking a cake is science".

In New Haven, attendees will hear from academics from Yale and Wesleyan as well as Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a vocal critic of some of the actions the fledgling Trump administration has taken regarding climate change and the environment. Others say it might even encourage more diversity in science - as long as it attracts a diverse crowd of participants. And more than 400 cities worldwide will host satellite marches.

The "March for Science" on April 22 will not only take place in Washington, D.C., but also in many other cities around the globe.

Organizers don't know how many protesters will attend but it is expected to draw thousands along with plenty of silly signs.

Christopher Kahler, professor of behavioral and social sciences, said that the goal of this march is to advocate for policies in government and funding that would benefit science and to show the value of science to society as a whole.

Savage told CTVNews.ca that Canada is in a unique position where scientists have already seen what happens when policies that restrict science and scientists are put in place. Demonstrating is important. But when it comes to lasting change, scientists themselves need to be within the halls of power. This ban would have had a direct impact on the ability of scientists to travel and work, as well as depriving the USA of the contributions of immigrants.

"This is not about whether Trump is attacking science, this is about whether Trump agrees with their views or not", Burnett said. That's just based on the facts and the data that we work with every day as experts in this field. "The point is to say clearly, we believe in science, we believe it should be part of policymaking, and we believe that it is an important and vital role in our society".




Elias Zerhouni, president of global research and development at French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and a former director of the US National Institutes of Health, said science "is a universal language driven by facts and reason".

To join the march, head to the front of the Capitol Building that morning.

SciCommTo Chair Elliann Fairbairn said in an email: "I am marching on Saturday to stand in solidarity with scientists in DC but also to support the voice for Canadian science here".

Bruce Monger, a lecturer at Cornell who teaches earth and atmospheric sciences, is organizing another busload of about 50 undergraduates heading to the march in Washington from the university's main campus in Ithaca, N.Y. He said it's time that researchers speak up and make the public aware of the value of science. According to its Facebook event page, 4,600 people said they will attend.

My own professional research on the "Pliocene Warm Period" (lasting from 3 million to 5 million years ago) confirms that the interval was affected by permanent El Ni o conditions with huge hurricanes in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - the likes of which we now see with greater intensity as recently as the October 2015 Hurricane Patricia (a Category 5 event) that set new records for size, wind speed, and low air pressure. "This medication not only saved his life but it saved him from having to suffer awful long-term side effects", Williams wrote. And we could use far more scientists in public office (it would be nice to have an actual scientist chair the House Science Committee, for example, rather than oily Lamar Smith). Tymecki's wife developed a serious bacterial infection after delivering the baby but he said that thanks to the scientific discoveries and technological developments his wife survived.

"I feel this keeps me sane", said Susie Sinclair-Smith, a Maryland resident who attended the Women's March and Tax March and plans to attend the rally this weekend.

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