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If you love science, join thousands of Aussies on the March for Science

“Science belongs to everyone. It should be pursued for the benefit of all people and for the health of the environment we depend upon.”

That’s the ethos driving the upcoming Marches for Science taking place across the country.

Spurred on by the revelation that all references to climate change have been removed from the White House website, scientists and science lovers around the world have planned to march for science, with approximately 400 marches in 44 countries – and counting. There are Australian marches planned in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Townsville, Hobart and Launceston.

4 pillars driving the March

A spokesperson for March for Science Australia explained to Techly that the march was intended to “champion science, and push for science to be taken more seriously”. Support for this pervades the entire scientific community, as Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, believes that global science is under threat in the current climate of scientific censorship.

Concepts which have been considered absolutes for years – and held in high esteem by both the scientific community and general public – have recently come under baseless criticism. These absolutes include the effectiveness of wind turbines and renewables, the benefits of vaccinations, and belief in climate change.

The March for Science has four primary objectives:

  • To improve the literacy of all Australians – “we enthusiastically contribute our time and expertise to helping children and students of all ages engage with the physical universe and biological world.”
  • To encourage open communication. Publication of scientific research, and discussion of that research, is essential to progress.
  • To encourage stable investment in science. When the future of a project is shaky, it can be difficult to do the best job possible. According to Conversation article, “In 2015, Commonwealth government funding for research and development dropped to the lowest it had ever been at just 0.4% of GDP. This placed Australia near the bottom of a list of 18 OECD countries, behind Portugal, Russia and Greece, but ahead of just Slovakia and Spain.”
  • To create informed policy through evidence-based science – “Public policy must enable scientists to communicate their publicly-funded research results, and must support literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics”
  • The March for Science will be held across all Australian states on 22 April. Head over to the site to find the closest march to you and get involved!

    Oh, and the organisation stresses that it’s a march “for science, not scientists”, so everyone is welcome.

    We have a date!

    Posted by March for Science Australia on Sunday, 5 February 2017

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