Just hours after the Women's March on Washington ended on Saturday, scientists began to discuss organizing a march of their own. Now that idea has rapidly begun to take shape, with the official Facebook group gathering hundreds of thousands of online adherents in just the past day and the #ScienceMarch hashtag trending on Twitter.
Prospective attendees and organizers have been coordinating on a closed Facebook group with over 220,000 members, along with conversations happening on Twitter and Reddit. According to a post in the group from Jonathan Berman, a University of Texas Health Science Center postdoctoral fellow, the march had attracted multiple sponsorship offers and nearly 2,500 volunteers. And the initiative already has its T-shirts on sale.
"Our motivation is pretty straightforward," Dr. Caroline Weinberg, a science writer and public health researcher who is co-chairing the organizing group, said by email. "Scientists worldwide have been alarmed by the clear anti-science actions taken by the Trump administration. It has been less than a week and there have already been funding freezes and efforts to restrict scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public."
The date for the march has not yet been decided (Probably in the spring or summer.) however their certainly is no a lack of motivation.
In fact scientists with the EPA just recently learned this:
The Trump administration is requiring that political appointees review all Environmental Protection Agency studies and data prior to public release, according to a report from the Associated Press. The controversial new rules, which will also apply to information displayed on the EPA's website, have sparked outrage from scientists and journalists.
"We're taking a look at everything on a case-by-case basis, including the web page and whether climate stuff will be taken down," said Doug Ericksen, the communications director for the EPA transition team, in an interview with the AP. "Obviously with a new administration coming in, the transition time, we'll be taking a look at the web pages and the Facebook pages and everything else involved here at EPA."
And this is on top of the gag order already placed on the EPA.
Let's face it, how do we not expect an administration that disregards and even fears facts, to allow them to sway public opinion against their policy decisions?
Currently we are at war with people who are attacking our very sense of reality.
So we need scientists and educators now more than ever.