President Donald Trump, the man elected to run the United States, once called climate change a “hoax” created by China. He also vowed to cut down on expenses to fight it and to revive the coal industry.
Staying true to his promise, the commander-in-chief started working on his stance to cut back the Environmental Protection Agency and free up drilling and coal mining projects soon after he was sworn in. His new administration plans to advance conversational projects like Keystone and Dakota access pipelines.
Now, scientists are planning a protest similar to the women’s march held after Trump’s administration, to demonstrate against the removal of climate action page from the White House website.
Researchers, who naturally do not want to go back in Stone Age, established a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the Science March. Within 42 hours, the @ScienceMarchDC twitter handle garnered some 60,000 followers.
It has never been more important for scientists of all stripes to come together and have their voices heard in government.— March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) January 25, 2017
The organizers announced the march was not just open for scientists but for everyone who opposes Trump’s policy on climate change.
Two co-chairs, Berman and science writer and public health researcher Caroline Weinberg, are looking after the official website.
“We were inspired (well, infuriated) by the current attacks on science from the new administration. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings from (tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy,” Weinberg wrote in an email. “Scientific research moves us forward and we should not allow asinine policies to thwart it.”
Berman, Weinberg, their associates and other likeminded people who expressed interest will meet virtually this weekend to develop a more robust plan.
Only time will tell if this march gathers as many people as did the Women’s March on Washington to safeguard the rights of women. But if it does, it will once again make history against the business mogul.
The march that took place a day after Trump swore in as the nation’s president included hundreds of thousands of protesters. Dozens of female scientists in white lab coats also protested at the women’s march with colorful signs in support of science. They were part of 500 Women Scientists — a group that fights against his anti-science and sexist rhetoric.
Last year, more that 800 earth and energy scientists wrote an open letter to the former reality TV star:
“We write as concerned individuals, united in recognizing that the science is unequivocal and America must respond.
“We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action,” it read.
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