"I Marched For Science" - Introducing A Week of Action
The March is just the beginning. Join the movement.
In the week following the March for Science (April 23-29), we will promote daily actions that serve our mission for supporters around the world to engage in together. This Week of Action will continue the momentum from the march and promote sustained, coordinated science advocacy.
The Week of Action is just one more step toward building a global movement that champions science for the common good by growing the network of local chapters around the world and partnering organizations, providing tools and sharing resources, and encouraging science and civic literacy outreach efforts. Together, we will #keepmarching to defend and strengthen the role of science in society to better serve all of our communities.
The Week of Action starts today. You can dive into the details of each day here, and watch as our homepage changes every day as new featured actions go live. Week we will be engaging with our friends, communities, institutions, and leaders to tell them why we marched on April 22.
Below is an overview so you can begin planning your next steps! Beneath the daily schedule, don't miss our "I Marched For Science" message - the framework for the outreach we'll be doing to our leaders from the local to global levels in the coming days. For US-based marchers, we will provide a simple tool that will allow you to locate and contact your officials, but we want everyone around the world to participate in this important form of outreach!
SUNDAY • Science Engages
Join the movement! Get a friend to sign up, sign your satellite up to join the network and read our open letter.
Listen in on the live post-march podcast hosted by taste of science festival at the Carnegie Institute.
Read and share "I Marched For Science," which includes a statement on the importance of civic engagement.
Science Game night: learn about science with friends or family via evidence- and science-based games.
Contact friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members about the importance of advocating for scientific institutions and science-based policies by sharing the Week of Action link on social media and encouraging them to engage their elected officials. #NoSidesInScience
Learn how to decrease your carbon footprint and support a Cool Effect project.
Contact the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations with a postcard that states why you marched for science and why he should support scientific institutions and science-based policies.
WEDNESDAY • Science Creates
Participate in a large scale Citizen Science project through SciStarter or a local organization.
Explore STEAM programs and learn how you can support or get involved.
Contact the President of the United States with a postcard that states why you marched for science and why they should support scientific institutions and science-based policies. (Non-US marchers, look out for more information on how to contact your executive branch!)
THURSDAY • Science Communicates
Join the launch of The People’s Science’s “The Field”: a direct interface between scientists and public.
Contact your federal officials (Congressperson, Senators) with a MFS postcard that states why you marched for science and why they should support scientific institutions and science-based policies. (Non-US marchers, look out for more information on how to contact your federal legislators!)
FRIDAY • Science Advocates
Learn about and support one of the national or local professional societies committed to advocating for underrepresented communities in STEM.
Learn about and contribute to the collaborative People for Science and “I Am A Scientist” campaign to break stereotypes about and by scientists.
Contact your governor with a MFS postcard that states why you marched for science and why they should support scientific institutions and science-based policies.(Non-US marchers, look out for more information on how to participate!)
SATURDAY • Science Connects
Attend the People’s Climate March (if applicable).
Support your local science community: go to a science institution, community garden, or meeting of a local science-related group (e.g. groups focused on food, conservation, stargazing, environmental clean-up, etc.).
Contact your local officials with a MFS postcard that states why you marched for science and why they should support scientific institutions and science-based policies. (Non-US marchers, look out for more information on how to participate!)
"I Marched For Science" - Speaking to Our Leaders
On April 22, we gathered in more than 600 places around the world to voice and demonstrate our support for science and the fundamental role it plays in serving and improving our society through informed policy. We came from all educational backgrounds, from a rich diversity of human experiences, and from nations around the world: the March for Science reached from the Global South to the North Pole.
This week, we mobilize through a “Week of Action.” We contact our elected officials, support science institutions in our communities, and hold our leaders in society and science accountable to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness. And we work to bring science and the benefits of scientific research to those who need it most.
In the coming days, we ask our leaders to listen to us as we talk to them about the value of science and tell them why we marched. We ask them to support priorities such as:
- Sustaining and strengthening scientific integrity
- Using the best-available science to make policy and regulatory decisions
- Investing in and encouraging research and development in the public sector, and incentivizing investment in research and development in the private sector
- Supporting broad participation and access to diverse communities' talents and perspectives
- Facilitating open communication and collaboration between scientists and the broader public
- Encouraging scientists to take an active role in public life and policy
- Creating an environment that fosters a vibrant and diverse international scientific community
- Building capacity for science education that draws on best-available knowledge and instructs students in scientific practices
United as one movement, and with the support of our leaders, we can take a step forward into a future where science can do its job: protecting and serving the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy, the freedom of our imaginations, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations.
We urge our leaders to use the powers of their offices to protect and uplift the role of science in serving society.