Good science isn’t Democratic or Republican; liberal or conservative. The March for Science seeks to win broad bipartisan support for continued excellence in the scientific enterprise. Hopefully good science can elicit an irresistible tidal wave of massive public support, much as “the environment” did during the first Earth Day in 1970.
From Benjamin Franklin’s kite to Einstein’s famous formula, America has honored and celebrated science. A 2015 Harris poll found scientists to be the second-most-respected profession in America (after medical doctors), with engineers close behind in fifth place. Politicians ranked 26th.
Americans understand the huge role science plays in our everyday lives. According to the Pew Research Center, 79 percent of American adults believe that science has made life easier for most people, and more than 70 percent agreed that government-sponsored scientific research pays off in the long run. More than half of all economic growth since WWII grew out of scientific innovations.
Yet President Trump’s first proposed budget is the most anti-science budget since before Herbert Hoover. He is not merely trying to destroy efforts to combat climate change, but also slashing innovation on renewable energy, infectious diseases, cancer, agriculture . . . The Administration has ordered climate materials off of government web sites, ordered researchers to have their results politically vetted before submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals, and ordered political changes to environmental impact statements.
Just as the first Earth Day in 1970 brought together conservationists and public health advocates with anti-war, civil rights, women’s rights, Native American and other groups, this year’s Earth Day March for Science will draw everyone who is tired of alternative facts, obfuscations and outright lies in our political discourse. We will stand together to defend reality.
We need your support, please donate here to the March for Science on April 22nd! Together stronger, our voices and action in unity for truth.
About the author
Denis serves as President of the Bullitt Foundation and is recognized as the founder of Earth Day. Selected by Time magazine as one of its 100 “Heroes for the Planet,” Denis also founded the Earth Day Network, and has expanded this to include more than 180 nations. Awarded the highest honors offered by the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Council of America, American Solar Energy Society, and the Humane Society of the United States. Author of three books, with the most recent, Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, Denis and co-author (and wife) Gail Boyer Hayes, reveal how raising and eating cattle has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created health problems, and drastically increased methane discharges (a very powerful greenhouse gas).
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