March For Science Saturday April 22
Scientists and non-scientists from across New Mexico are marching together on April 22, 2017 to support science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. Scientists and people who value science are coming together to show that support of science is not a partisan act, but rather an acknowledgment that our understanding of the world becomes deeper, stronger, and more useful when science is robustly supported and kept out of partisan politics.
“Scientific discoveries restart our hearts, cure our diseases, deliver our electricity, lengthen our lives, X-ray our bones, enable our GPS, stream our music and movies, capture photographs of our children, and connects us to each other across the globe,” says march organizer Cristina Olds. “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.”
A march — recently added as a result of an outpouring of support on social media — will depart the Plaza at 10:30 a.m. and end at the Roundhouse/Santa Fe Capitol Building around 11 a.m. Immediately after the march, there will be a family-friendly, fun-filled event, featuring science-oriented booths, exhibits, and other activities. The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will showcase educational and entertaining speakers from northern New Mexico science organizations and local schools, celebrating science.
“Science was the reason that I came to New Mexico in the first place,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore, a postdoctoral fellow at Santa Fe Institute. “But without support from the community, the work that scientists do to improve our health, seed our technologies and learn about our planet simply cannot be done. We’re marching in the streets and rallying at the roundhouse because it’s time for supporters of science to stand up for truth, evidence, and the pursuit of science and understanding.”
In alignment with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C., also on Earth Day, April 22, the nonpartisan event unites people from all races, religions and political perspective to celebrate science and the benefit it has had on the world. It is a 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 not only about scientists — 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. As stated in the mission of the national March for Science, science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs. These values are currently at risk due to new policies that threaten to restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.