Science Matters. To reject science is to reject the existence of life on Planet Earth. Science keeps us tethered to rational thinking, possibilities beyond imagination and worlds of wonder. Without it, we’d be lost, almost nomadic and uncivil.
Science offers answers to some of the simplest human curiosities and to the trickiest of equations. It is because of science that we can quench our thirst for knowledge. Science is knowledge.
Science brings order to chaos, balance to the world and relief to many.
The effects of the littlest researched done in Science are manifold and history gives a glaring testimony to it.
However, someone in the Oval Office doesn’t seem to think so. The Trump Administration is cutting science budgets and denying research. He seems to disregard advice from the Environmental Protection Agency to combat climate changes and has talked about pulling out of the Paris Agreement, which is designed to look into the harms that greenhouse gases possess.
It is a rather grim decision he has made against SCIENCE by proposing significant budget cuts with The National Institutes of Health getting a 20% budget cut, which translates into $6 billion, to name among a few others.
Inspired by the success of Women’s March in Washington, January 21, 2017, the March for Science which took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, originally stemmed in a Reddit thread. Biology post-doc at the University of Texas Health Science Centre came across a Reddit thread, “ All references to climate change have been deleted from the White House website”. THAT HAPPENED. FOR REAL.
Notable figures from the Science world took to stage and voiced their concerns, issues and expectations from the Trump Administration.
Bill Nye, Mona Hanna-Attisha-pediatrician and active participant in the water crisis of Flint, Michigan and Rush Holt- former congressman and current CEO of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The march wasn’t limited to just this. Get a scoop of this: 518 officials satellite marches across the world, including all 50 States of the USA, took place to further the cause. How cool is that?
The March for Science sounds ridiculous but it must be done for the ignorant. Science matters and must have proper representation in the administration of the nation.
It’s a pity how scientists are rapidly losing their seats at policy-making tables, who can actually inform, warn, advice or regulate the laws made against or in the favour of scientific ventures. Hopefully, the powerful march will bring the much-awaited changes in the Trump Administration and accept the reality of climate change.
The march brought out some of the quirkiest signs at display which definitely didn’t go ignored! Here, take a look at them for yourselves!