Freethought Today · March 2017

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March for Science set for April 22

On Earth Day 2017, scientists and those who support science will march in Washington and around the country in a show of solidarity against the rising tide of anti-science thinking and anti-intellectualism in Congress and the presidential administration.

The Secular Coalition for America, which includes FFRF as a member, is one of the organizers of the event on Saturday, April 22. Dozens of marches will be held around the country in concert with the Washington march.

"It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted," the wording on the official March for Science website proclaims. "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."

President wTrump, a climate-change skeptic, has indicated he may want to pull the United States out of the international Paris climate agreement. Since taking office, Trump has ordered an end to the release of information from the Environmental Protection Agency and has clashed with the National Park Service.

"The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter," it says on the March for Science website.

Kevin Dahl of the National Parks Conservation Association said he plans to attend events in Tucson.

One of the values of science is that it is not based on "which way the political wind is blowing," Dahl said. "Good science serves us all."

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