SANTA FE ― In the wake of the Women’s March on Washington comes the March for Science, this Saturday, April 22.
People across the world have been posting photos of their poster board signs proclaiming #WhyIMarch (for science): I march for the planet. I march for truth. I march for clean water for BEER. Other signs elaborate: Climate change is not a Chinese hoax. Science is real. Science is not a liberal agenda. Earth needs thinkers not deniers. And so many more!
Scientists and non-scientists from across New Mexico are marching together April 22 to support science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity.
“Scientific discoveries restart our hearts, cure our diseases, deliver our electricity, lengthen our lives, X-ray our bones, enable our GPS, stream our music and movies, capture photographs of our children, and connects us to each other across the globe,” march organizer Cristina Olds said. “None of this would be possible without science or the scientists in New Mexico and around the world who continue to bring us life-changing discoveries.”
A march — added as a result of an outpouring of support on social media — will depart the Plaza at 10:30 a.m. and end at the Roundhouse/Santa Fe Capitol Building around 11 a.m. Immediately after the march, there will be a family-friendly, fun-filled event, featuring science-oriented booths, exhibits and other activities.
The event, which takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will showcase educational and entertaining speakers from northern New Mexico science organizations and local schools, celebrating science.
“Science was the reason that I came to New Mexico in the first place,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore, a postdoctoral fellow at Santa Fe Institute. “But without support from the community, the work that scientists do to improve our health, seed our technologies, and learn about our planet simply cannot be done. We’re marching in the streets and rallying at the roundhouse because it’s time for supporters of science to stand up for truth, evidence, and the pursuit of science and understanding.”
In alignment with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C., also on Earth Day, April 22, the nonpartisan event unites people from all races, religions and political perspective to celebrate science and the benefit it has had on the world. It is a call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.