Marching for (Climate) Science - Words from Partners
Below, hear from some of our March for Science partners - the NYU Climate Working Group, Cool Effect, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Association of University Professors, and 350.org - about why they march both for science and in support of the consensus on climate change.
"Science has enabled us to predict the patterns of global warming and sea level rise if we do not change our course toward the climate crisis within our lifetimes.
The evidence has been collected, mapped, and delivered.
We are already experiencing signs of global warming in relation to endangered species, famine, and climate refugees in the Pacific. Scientific innovations have also brought us possible solutions with potential future paths from which we need now only have the resolve to choose. Science, empathy, and the human will can be an amazing combination.
We are suspended at the brink of the choice to rethink the rippling effect of our impact on others and the earth. How will we make simple choices about what we consume, how we respond to objects marketed to us as throw away, to what kind of product — through such innovations science and policy — is offered to us at all. We can alter, like the wing beat of the butterfly, the path of where our story will continue. My son is the answer behind why I do so much of what I do. And I believe that if I march, I may also encourage someone else to rethink and to support important research and creative thought that touches and expands the possible in regard to all our futures."
Alexandra Chang, NYU, Climate Working Group
"It can create energy by harnessing the power of the sun. It can cure a child’s shortness of breath. It can prevent pandemics. Science has always been on our side, so myself and passionate members of the Cool Effect community marched this past Earth Day to return the favor and show our support for science. We support science because it helps us identify problems and develop solutions.
One of the greatest problems facing us today is climate change and science is ready to take up the fight.
The Cool Effect community supports the simple technologies made possible by science and proved by science in an effort to provide consistent funding to greenhouse gas reducing projects that help save our planet. We encourage everyone to continue to fight global warming with action and not frustration."
Dee Lawrence, Co-Founder, Cool Effect
"The March for Science and the People's Climate March are both great ways to show our support for climate science research. At a time when federal agencies that work on climate change are facing the prospect of deep budget cuts and other attacks, it's important for us to show our support for publicly funded research that helps protect our planet and public health. I marched with my toddler."
I've been studying political interference in government science for many years and I can confidently say that now is the time for us to stand up and defend science, especially climate science.
Gretchen Goldman, PhD, Union of Concerned Scientists
UCS's DC march contingent for the People's Climate March will meet at 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 29th.
"'Events like this will lift the spirits of scientists. They are finding a voice.' That’s what Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State, told the Guardian about why he participated in the March for Science. Mann and many other members of the American Association of University Professors joined thousands of marchers in the streets in DC and across the country to support this fact:
Science is real and should not be a partisan issue.
In a post on the AAUP’s Academe Blog, AAUP leader Ernst Benjamin reminded readers that a march for science is also a march for academic freedom. Benjamin recounted the history of politically motivated attacks on the scientific theories of Albert Einstein, who was an AAUP member from 1935 until his death in 1955.
Here’s a small sample of what we heard from other members when we asked them why they were marching:
“I am a scientist. Need I say more?”
“I cannot think of a more important issue for university faculty than freedom of inquiry and freedom of information. That's at the core of this march.”
“Because I'm a woman and a scientist. Because science is relevant to our health, the environment, and our comfort.”
“I don't want what I teach to be undermined by politics.”
“If a scientist raises their voice in protest, in DC you get progress. That's just elementary chaos theory.”
Gwendolyn Bradley, PhD, American Association of University Professors
"This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets here in the United States and around the country to build on the momentum created by the March for Science and call for bold action to address the climate crisis. Like the March for Science, the Peoples Climate March has brought together a broad coalition of organizations. There are over 900 partners taking part in this weekend's marches, from the NAACP, to some of the nation's largest labor unions, to leading environmental groups, like the Sierra Club and 350.org. Our motto here in the Peoples Climate Movement is "To change everything, we need everyone," and this weekend it looks like everyone is turning out!
Climate change is a scientific issue.
Our movement has relied on the work of scientists to warn us about the dangers of CO2, explain the threat of sea level rise, and develop the breakthroughs in renewable energy technology that could help solve the crisis. But it's also an issue of social, economic and racial justice.
We know that it's the poor, workers and people of color who are on the front lines of this crisis. We also know that we have the tools we need to create an 100% clean energy economy that works for all of us, an economy that creates millions of good paying jobs and helps solve the racial and economic inequality that plagues our society.
At its core, this is what the Peoples Climate March is all about: bringing us together to save our common home and create a better world for the generations to come. When we head back into our communities after this weekend, that's the vision that we'll be taking forward. We look forward to working with scientists and Science Marchers near and far to make it a reality. Onwards!"
Jamie Henn, 350.org