By VANSHIKA CHOWDHARY
April 6th, 2018
“We need to make sure that science is not silenced – it is the driving force of human progress and innovation.”
On April 22nd, 2017 (Earth Day), thousands of scientists and science advocates around the world will march to celebrate science and how is serves the world.
Some participators and organizers include Bill Nye (a celebrated scientist, as well as everyone’s beloved childhood science hero), Lydia Villa-Komaroff and Allison Schroeder (the screenwriter for Hidden Figures).
This isn’t just a movement to celebrate science though. As the website for the March for Science says, “this movement cannot and will not end with a march.”
We need to make sure that science is not silenced – it is the driving force of human progress and innovation. Without an appreciation and respect for science and the scientific method, people will stop questioning themselves and others, and without that, it is impossible for us to grow.
“this movement cannot and will not end with a march.”
President Trump has already shown his lack of respect and belief in science; his cabinet picks reflect this too. He issued an executive order repealing many of Obama’s hard won climate change plans and cutting back on national science institutes such as the National Health Institute and Environmental Protection Agency (which ensures that your and your family’s food is safe).
Even Exxon, the biggest oil company in the United States (and arguably the world), states that the Paris agreement of 2016 (in which 141 countries around the world have agreed to work together to keep a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius and limit it further to 1.5 degrees) should not be repealed.
“It will not interfere with our ability to compete”, Exxon said in its letter to the White House.
Once again, Trump has been caught lying to the public.
What’s even more alarming than his total discrediting of science is his campaign to do so within the federal government. For example, the US Energy Department has forbidden employees from using the phrases “climate change”, “emissions reduction”, and “Paris Agreement” in all briefings and written communications.
This is unacceptable.
By silencing science, Trump is beginning a movement that will launch us back to the Medieval Ages, when science was considered a superstition, preventing any technological advancements from happening. Of course, we won’t stop using our iPhones or our cars, but we won’t care about the effects of our technology use on the environment. We won’t even believe that it exists.
The phrase goes “ignorance is bliss.” In science’s case, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
We can stop it. Trump may not agree, but the c-word is real, as are other major scientific problems. Simply saying they’re not real will not make them go away, and he knows this too. He is feeding a mass paranoia and manipulating it to win support and turn the nation against our former leaders and the current leaders of the world, claiming he’s trying to protect the citizens and the American workers. We see right through him.
Join your local march today. You can help save science.