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Our San Antonio March for Science organizers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but our mission is the same as the national March for Science in Washington DC: “We march to highlight, celebrate, and protect scientific research and education in San Antonio and beyond.”
Some of us will march in defense of the environment, some to decry the censorship and erasure of scientific data, others are inspired by the need for science literacy to once again be a pillar of American society.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that scientific integrity plays an important role in governmental decision-making, and the best way to do that is to highlight the vital role science plays in our lives.
We want to help scientists and communities work together to improve science education, communication, and accessibility.
Science performed with integrity is crucial to society. It is the most powerful tool we have to understand our world, universe, and the deep relationships we share with all of life on Earth.
Performed well, science serves humanity and advances the common good in countless ways. Scientific breakthroughs in medicine, engineering, and technology have connected people globally, extended and improved the quality of life, and are responsible for cleaner and renewable energy.
The more science belongs to all of us, the less likely it is to be misused. ~ Carl Sagan
Unfortunately, science is under threat. Policymakers are not only ignoring scientific evidence, but also undermining the ability of scientists to do and share science.
We will march, therefore, to stand up for “robustly funded and publically communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” Effective decisions must include evidence-based considerations.
Real facts. Real knowledge. Real evidence. Real science.
It is also our duty to stand against discrimination and inequity. As Carl Sagan said, “the more science belongs to all of us, the less likely it is to be misused.” We must work fervently to ensure everyone has access to engage in science and enjoy the benefits of scientific advancement.
The March for Science, though, is about much more than a parade of protesters. It is an opportunity to engage with the public to make science more accessible.
Hands-on activities, educational materials, and open doors to conversations are the life of the movement in San Antonio and around the world. Through our efforts, we hope to encourage everyone to become science advocates who will support and defend scientific research and the knowledge gained from it.
There has been tremendous passion surrounding the march. After the march has ended and the signs have been recycled, we want to channel that positive energy into outreach and educational events for years to come.
In all of this we strive to connect scientists with their communities where information will be freely communicated for the public good.
The beauty of science is too precious to let die in the chambers of politicians. So, on Earth Day 2017, we will march for science, to defend what we have learned atop the shoulders of giants.