March For Science 2018: What Organizers are Fighting For This Year

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

According to the non-partisan March for Science organization, the main event was set to take place in Washington, while more than 230 satellite events were scheduled around the world in different forms, be they marches, rallies or science exhibitions.

After 1 million people throughout the world marched for science advocacy previous year, the event returns to Spokane on Saturday, April 14.

"Science makes America great", Bill Ulfelder, executive director of the Nature Conservancy in NY, said to the crowd gathered in Washington Square Park before the march through lower Manhattan. "Unfortunately, Croatian politicians, regardless of their political affiliation, are not investing in those sectors or in people", said Jokić.

Science advocates say they want to keep the spotlight on the critical role science plays in daily lives and encourage government leaders to make science a part of their platforms.

"We believe in the power of science to solve the challenges of our time", he said.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium held a similar event a year ago for the inaugural march, featuring several of the aquarium's African penguin colony residents.

A former head of the expert task force for the curricular reform Boris Jokić warned that funds for science were reduced by the year despite the fact that development required systematic investment in science, as well as in the curricular reform. They and science need to be invested in.

"I have huge concerns about the future for my children around the environment", Gibson said.

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He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often. Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

President Donald Trump's skepticism of climate change and his proposal to slash federal spending on scientific research were front of mind for numerous protesters, including the roughly 1,000 people who snaked down Broadway on one of the first warm, sunny days of the year.

"It is sort of in solidarity with our neighbours to the south who have a big influence on world policy, ' he said. Marches make everyone aware there are people concerned about, for example, the EPA rolling back regulations", Ndoye said.

Organisations like the Tamil Nadu Science Forum and Newton Science Club were also part of the organising committee.

In Chicago, this year's march morphed into a much-downsized rally at the Field Museum of Natural History.

"It's not sexy like guns", Andrew said of the March For Science.

Organizers estimated that 15,000 people took part in San Diego's march a year ago.

Climate change was a hot topic at a rally in support of science held in Winnipeg Saturday.

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