Science hits back: Anti-Trump protest set to draw thousands

Gwen Vasquez
April 21, 2017

"We had to make our presence felt because scientists never really do".

Hobson, as an example, said coal producers hold political sway with President Trump and Gary Herbert, the Republican governor of Utah. Devised in the United States in response to the new President's policies towards climate change and cuts to science funding, the movement quickly spread to over 500 cities around the world. Although the marches in previous years were not focused on Donald Trump, the People's Climate March on April 29 is being promoted specifically as an anti-Trump protest on the event website, which stresses the role of opposition to Donald Trump's environmental policies in the broader anti-Trump "resistance" movement. "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".

One of the most threatening of those policies is in President Trump's budget blueprint: a cut of almost $6 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We need to stand up for science at the March for Science on Saturday in Trenton and Washington.

"It's hard to say exactly what needs to happen, but it needs to start somewhere", Higgins said.

In a political climate where the existence of climate change is actually debated and the future state of the planet is listed at the bottom of priorities, any support for the scientific method is not only important - it is necessary. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

After the worldwide "Women's March", it was obvious to Caroline Weinberg, a health researcher and science journalist from NY, that she wouldn't remain silent when the Trump administration started forcing scientists to keep their mouths shut.

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I have also heard the argument that we must speak out for science because truth and science are under attack, and that everyone knows the loudest voice in the room gets the most attention.

"I don't think the march is going to communicate with that group at all", Young insisted, adding, that if anything it will play into the narrative that scientists are in bed with liberal politicians. Because of politics we are having an argument about whether or not it is raining rather than why it is raining. Alternatively, please make your views on the importance of science for our nation and the world, whatever those views are, known to your elected representatives. But we care about this. Many said they didn't want to jeopardize funding. The organisers are adamant that the key to protecting science lies with public support.

"This march has been changing quickly from a pro-science march to a pro-social justice march", Jerry Coyne, Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago, said.

This is precisely what's on the agenda of the organizers behind the "March for Science", says Weinberg, who is also keeping an eye on the bigger picture and is already thinking about the time after the demonstration.

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 is us refusing to climb any further, refusing see any further", Roeder said.

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