MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:
The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to 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.
“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore. “It’s about the role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”
Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs. With its focus on deep and fundamental understanding of our world and how it works, a scientific approach to problem solving will continue to be crucial in addressing the challenges we face today and for generations to come. We speak up now because these values are currently at risk due to new policies that threaten to restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.
To stand in support of science is not a partisan act but rather an acknowledgement that our understanding of the world becomes deeper, stronger, and more useful when we scientifically test our hypotheses about the world. Scientific discoveries restart our hearts, diagnose and cure our diseases, defeat infections thanks to antibiotics, give us an inside view into our bodies thanks to MRIs and X-rays, deliver our electricity, enable our GPS, stream our music and movies, capture photographs of our children, and connect us to each other across the country and across the globe. 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.
The March for Science – Santa Fe will include educational and entertaining speakers from northern New Mexico science organizations and local schools, as well as science-oriented booths, exhibits, and activities. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. on the east side of the Capitol building and will include a rally from 12–1 p.m. featuring inspirational speakers who will offer ways to support science.
The National March for Science and its platform can be found at marchforscience.com and local issues, ideas, and details for Santa Fe and northern New Mexico can be found at facebook.com/marchforscienceSFNM.