It’s no question that the election that happened just last month has stirred up massive controversy. Most likely you heard about the Women’s March on Washington, which actually took place all over the US, and was meant as a direct message to the new US President. There’s a similar march happening soon, but instead of being focused on the worries that women’s rights may be taken away, this massive protest will be trying to send a message to the government that you can’t deny the truth that science has found. It has been called the Science March on DC.
As I have mentioned before, the Trumps seem to deny climate change. Donald Trump himself tweeting out that climate change was a “concept created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. Manufacturing non-competitive”. If you weren’t aware of this, yeah, it’s an actual thing he tweeted out on November 6th, 2012. Granted, that was a long time ago, but it doesn’t appear that his thoughts on climate change have changed much, if at all, since.
Of course, scientists aren’t thrilled with the fact that the US President seems to have such a problem with something that, even if you’re not scientifically minded, seems so obvious. Just looking outside this winter should tell you something. Places that usually experience negative highs in January had experienced highs in the 50s (Fahrenheit) last month. That’s unusual, and it’s a lasting trend. 2016 was the hottest year ever, and it beat out 2015.
WHY IS THIS SCIENCE MARCH HAPPENING?
One of the very first things that happened when Trump was inaugurated was that the White House website removed entire sections that had relation to climate change. Trump also banned some agencies from updating people on social media about scientific reports and findings. On top of this, some federal scientists have been blocked from speaking to Congress. This all happened within the first couple of days during his presidency.
Of course, this really should not come as a surprise. The ‘concept’ of global warming hinders many companies. Especially those that use coal or harness gasoline. As Quartz put it, the apathy that the government shows continues to put the Earth at risk. Scientists aren’t having it, and want it to be clear that global warming is real, and really is effecting the Earth in a negative way. The more people who deny it, the more damage humans will cause to the Earth, creating more and more problems that humans just won’t be able to solve. Because of all these factors, the Science March is happening in order to send a message to the US government.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?
As of February 1st, it was announced that the march will be happening on Earth Day — or April 22nd, 2016. Seems to be a fitting choice considering.
DC is the main stage, if you will, but there will be many satellite march around the country and even internationally. As of right now, there looks like there will be ones held in Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, Lansing, Ann Arbor, NYC, London in the UK, Germany, and many more. If you have to get to and from work on that day, you may want to check when and where exactly the march will be happening in your area, because work doesn’t often wait for science (if at all).