Why We’re Marching for Science

  • Apr 15, 2017

“The War on Science is more than a skirmish over funding, censorship, and “alternative facts”. It’s a battle for the future, basic decency, and the people and places we love.”

— Jon Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences

The Natural History Museum​ is proud to join the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Field Museum, Cal Academy, NY Hall of Science and other peer institutions in sponsoring the upcoming March for Science. Marches and teach-ins will take place on April 22nd (Earth Day) in more than 500 cities around the world — including at the North Pole, Old Faith in Yellowstone National Park, the Coachella Museum Festival, and in Ghana, Mexico, Greenland, and Guam!

Stand up for science: RSVP to take part in a march near you.

Scientists solve problems and protect the people and places we love. Medical research, climate science, and research on lead levels and water quality protect us. These are the kinds of science that are currently in the crosshairs. The attacks on science are attacks on our families, our communities, and our collective future.

For too long we’ve relied on facts and evidence to speak for themselves. That strategy has failed us. The March for Science is the latest expression of a burgeoning and historic movement of scientists and supporters speaking out in the public sphere:

  • At events organized by The Natural History Museum and ClimateTruth.org hundreds of climate scientists rallied in San Francisco, and more than 3,000 scientists and supporters rallied in Boston last month,
  • Thousands more scientists have signed open letters;
  • Rogue Twitter accounts have sprung up on behalf of muzzled government science agencies;
  • Scientists are working furiously to protect data they fear could disappear;
  • And scientists are signing up to run for elected office.

Now more than ever, we must communicate the value of science that serves the common good. Join us on Earth Day, April 22nd: RSVP for a science march or teach-in near you.

P.S. We are also participating in the People’s Climate March taking place on Saturday April 29th in Washington D.C. and other cities. See you there!

P.P.S. Check out this short video from our recent Rally to Stand up For Science: