NC’s Marches For Science (2018)

The Marches For Science were full of happy, busy people in 2017.

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

Again in 2018, citizens have the opportunity to publicly show their respect for and appreciation of Science in the face of the Trump administration’s demonstrated disdain for Science.  Some cities are hosting Marches for Science this year – Raleigh and Greensboro NC on April 14, 2018 for sure. Western NC has an option in SC on April 21, 2018. Female and male scientists are featured at these events. The Raleigh March For Science includes special activities for children. We celebrate science while President Trump’s administration continues to show its disdain for Science.

Science Trumps Alternative Facts Photo at 2017 Raleigh March For Science. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Science Trumps Alternative Facts Photo at 2017 Raleigh March For Science. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

“After almost a year in office, President Trump has yet to name a science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Since World War II, no American president has shown greater disdain for science — or more lack of awareness of its likely costs.” According to “Trump’s Disdain for Science,” New York Times, 1/4/18.

A few lucky cities/areas in NC have organized marches for science in 2018 – Research Triangle Park has one in Raleigh and the Triad has one in Greensboro, both on April 14. The closest to western NC (Charlotte and Asheville NC) may be the march for science in Spartanburg SC on April 21. Here are some details about NC events. There is always the big one in Washington DC.

The NYT article continues, “It’s difficult to know what Mr. Trump really thinks about scientific issues of public concern, but he has rejected the scientific arguments for human-caused climate change and questioned the public-health case for vaccinations. And he has ignored the negative impacts of his immigration bans on American science and technology.”

“But the lack of good science advice has not slowed the president and his administration in their assaults on health and environmental policy and in weighing in on national-security issues involving science and technology. His decision to pull the nation out of the Paris climate agreement is one example. So was his appointment of Scott Pruitt, a lawyer with little real understanding of climate science, as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

The article continues later, “The assaults by Mr. Trump and his administration on American science and technology might have been avoided, or at least tempered, had the president already named, and the Senate confirmed, a distinguished scientist as his science adviser — especially if that individual had direct presidential access.”

In these event, there is hope. And cleverness. And respect and appreciation for Science. Join us!

"Salamander NOT Gerrymander" at 2017 Raleigh March For Science. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

“Salamander NOT Gerrymander” at 2017 Raleigh March For Science. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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