Although the march organizers have gone to great lengths to make this a non-political event, the chief reason for the event is the anti-science stance of Donald Trump and his administration. Led by Republicans beholden to the fossil fuel industry, conservatives have been opposing science for some time now. Republicans started the war on climate science but this new administration takes it to a whole new level. However, polls show that citizens who identify as Republicans are increasingly supporting climate action.
Nonetheless, the war against the EPA has already begun and NASA scientists expect that Trump will live up to his promise and gut the agency's climate research. This administration's unprecedented opposition to science invites a climate catastrophe.
To justify their assault on science, the Trump administration has incorrectly cast science as a partisan issue. This march is designed to tell them that we need scientific research and science-based policy. A diverse array of scientists are supported by hundreds of thousands of people who support this international movement.
Scientists have already urged Trump to respect the Paris Climate Agreement. Other unrelated efforts include a pledge signed by more than 14,000 women scientists, a letter sent to President Trump by 151 scientific institutions arguing that he should rescind the immigration ban, and efforts by researchers around the world to guard federal climate data.
“The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community,” the group's website states. “Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
“It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”
The march in Washington DC will culminate at the Washington Mall, with both main stage speakers and "teach-in" tents with scientists from a diverse range of fields.
If you want to help protect evidence-based research and oppose fake news support the March for Science.
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