"I Marched for Science" - Contacting Global Leaders
During the March for Science's Week of Action (April 23-29), we are encouraging our supporters to reach out to their political leaders in order to explain why they marched for science on April 22.
Our schedule for advocacy focus is as follows:
Tuesday, April 25: President of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Wednesday, April 26: Head of Government (President, Prime Minister, Chancellor) and leadership in international (multi-state) coalitions and federations
Thursday, April 27: Federal Legislators (member of Parliament, Senator)
Friday, April 28: Governor or Premier (or other regional executive leader)
Saturday, April 29: Local leaders (town councilors, mayors, municipal representatives)
If you miss these days, don't worry! We will be continuing to encourage marchers to email their leaders through the week of April 30-May 6.
Anyone in the world can participate in the effort launched Tuesday to reach out to the President of the General Assembly for the UN. For all other days, marchers outside of the US can still participate by following these steps:
1) Look up the website for the office of the official you're contacting. Locate the official contact email.
2) Write an email to your leaders about why you marched for science. If you aren't sure what to say, you can use our "I Marched for Science" basic text, provided below.
3) On the email, CC firstname.lastname@example.org. This step is important! It helps us know that people are making their voices heard around the world!
4) Make sure you identify the title (PM, Chancellor) of the leader you're contacting in the subject line of the email. Eg: "I Marched for Science - A Letter for Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn"
5) Hit send! We'll get the email at the email@example.com address, and be able to see that you've taken a step to support science in public life and policy!
If you'd like to use our basic text, here it is:
"I support the March for Science because science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations.
I ask you to support:
Sustaining, and strengthening, scientific integrity.
The best-available science to make policy and regulatory decisions.
Investment in and encourage research and development in the public sector, and incentivize investment in research and development in the private sector.
Broad participation and access to diverse communities’ talents and perspectives.
Open communication and collaboration.
An environment to foster a vibrant and diverse international scientific community.
Capacity for science education that draws on best-available knowledge and instructs students in scientific practices."