Happy Earth Day/March for Science!
I hope that all of you who wanted to were able to attend and support the worldwide March for Science today. I’m so incredibly proud of the scientific community, both scientists and science supporters alike, for pulling together today to stand up for our right to testable, provable knowledge.
As someone working an Earth Day event today, I had to support from the sidelines, but I believe that the combination of well-planned marches and genuine, honest care from our communities made something big happen today. Even at our little Earth Day event, we had over four times our average number of participants. Many of them stated that they would be attending other Earth Day events through the day, and the March for Science in our area.
This gives me hope that people do see the importance of being allowed to find and test facts, of encouraging curious, questioning, and critical-thinking mindsets, and using what we learn about the world around us to inform our policy-making decisions. It also gives me hope that our government representatives will see this, and help us to better prepare for and respond to changes in our climate, our energy systems, our public health and well-being, and all of the other challenges we face as local, national, and global communities.
Thank you to everyone who participated today, and thank you in advance for continuing to push for improved science support. Today is not the end of our movement, but the starting point for our further work. Let’s keep this moving, all together.