[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Earth Day 2017 – Science not Silence!
Since Earth Day was established in 1970, environmental and community groups have held events on April 22nd to draw attention to environmental issues and encourage sustainable practices like recycling, composting and banning plastic bags.
Earth Day 2017, however, is taking a very different shape as scientists, environmental groups and concerned individuals plan to rally together in the first March for Science in Washington D.C. and 300 other locations nationwide.
The marches are being organized in response to the Trump administration’s policies that largely disregard the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and other environmental problems.
Led by scientists and science advocates who are concerned that science has become a partisan issue, the march, they say, “demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.”
With personnel cuts imminent at the Environmental Protection Agency, threats to cancel NASA’s climate science program, and cuts anticipated in both civilian science agencies’ budgets and for scientific research grants, there is heightened anxiety within the American scientific community.
The marches on April 22 have the slogan, “Science not Silence,” and will provide a venue for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand.
The Los Angeles march will begin downtown at 9 a.m. at Pershing Square and continue to City Hall. It will be followed by a Science Expo with various interactive demos, teach-ins, and science education booths.
Organizers expect 50,000 marchers in Los Angeles—a lot of feet and an ecological footprint worth making!