This is about the future of every organism on earth, many that haven't even been born yet. "We fully intend to emphasize diversity in both the planning of and mission statement for this march". It's being billed as the March for Science, and Boston is poised to be a leader in its effort to send a pro-science, pro-research, and pro-facts message to Donald Trump.
One participant in the exchange, University of Texas Health Science Center postdoctoral fellow Jonathan Berman, took the conversation to heart.
"The intent is for the Scientists" March on Washington to become a starting point to advocate for the responsible application of science in government.
Planners of the event are motivated by the alarm, expressed by scientists worldwide, at what's been seen as anti-science actions taken by the Trump administration.
"This is not a partisan issue - people from all parts of the political spectrum should be alarmed by these efforts to deny scientific progress". "Scientific research moves us forward". Across the world, millions of other people marched in solidarity with those in the nation's capital. "Congratulations to those scientists and researchers who are fighting back". Other targeted agencies include the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior.
The organizers told the Huffington Post that interest in the proposed march grew "far faster" than expected and admitted that they were still in the early stages of organizing the event. Named after the first three digits of Pi, the organization was founded byShaughnessy Naughton, a chemist who ran, unsuccessfully, for Congress twice. "Science is science. There are no 'alternative facts, '" Sanders wrote Thursday. "We dedicate our lives as scientists to proving or disproving what should have a hold on thought and what is valid in terms of being communicated to the public". An open letter signed by 2,300 scientists (including 22 Nobel Prize winners) urged Trump and the 115th Congress to "adhere to high standards of scientific integrity and independence in responding to current and emerging public health and environmental health threats".
Public health scientist Caroline Weinberg, co-organizer of the march, told CNN.com that the group was now "crafting a mission statement collaborating with a diverse group of scientists to ensure that our movement is all inclusive", and that the movement would address issues such as federal funding for scientists, transparency, and United States climate change policy.