March for Science
The March for Science, held on April 22, 2017, was a rebranding of the "Earth Day" demonstrations that have been held every year since 1970. The focus of Earth Day has been environmental issues since the beginning (before climate change became an issue), but this year's demonstration expanded to science in general, and was generally a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump policies related to science.
In addition to protesting the Trump Administration's policies relating to Climate change (most of the President's critical appointments in that regard strongly downplay the role of human activity in this matter), the March for Science protested against the President's other actions relating to scientific research. This includes steep cutbacks in government funding for basic research and immigration policies that discourage getting the best scientists from other countries.
|“||Consider that in hospitals, every machine with an on/off switch that diagnoses your health without first cutting you open, is based on one or more principles of physics, discovered by physicists and chemists who had no specific interest in medicine. This includes the MRI, PET scans, CT Scans, EKGs, EEGs, ultrasound, and of course, good old fashioned X-rays. So if you defund one line of research in favor of another, you thwart the entire moving frontier of discovery.||”|
—Neil deGrasse Tyson, April, 2017
Critics have noted that the "science" march actually intended to promote left-wing politics, through the meaningless buzzword "science," rather than actually promote science. This can be seen in the fact that the science marchers deny key scientific facts that contradict their liberal agenda.
Across the US and over the globe, the march was held in 600 cities.
- Many people consider it to have been more of a left-wing political demonstration than a scientific one. The two issues are closely intertwined, and separating them is difficult. It is certainly the case that most of the demonstrators were strongly opposed to President Trump's policies.
- Richardson, Valerie (April 21, 2017). March for Science comes under microscope over left-tilting political agenda. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- Bokhari, Allum (April 23, 2017). 5 Scientific Facts The ‘Science March’ Has Yet to Acknowledge. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 24, 2017.