On this upcoming Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network will unite with the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington DC to take a stand against policies that ignore scientific consensus and ultimately put human lives at risk. We will be hosting a national teach-in, rally and march to advocate for scientific education, funding for research and publication, and to let the world know that scientific evidence across all disciplines positively impacts our society. Climate justice and scientific engagement are intrinsically tied to every affinity of the social justice community. They encompass gender justice, economic justice, racial justice, immigration justice, and so much more. Inaction threatens severe consequences to the health and wellbeing of us all. We welcome you to join us at the March for Science on April 22nd, 2017 to take a public stand for the scientific issues most important to you. Your involvement in the march is important because science impacts all parts of our lives. Clean air, food security, water access, and medical innovations and more all depend on a strong scientific community will only improve if we lift restrictions on the scientific community and improve STEM education for future generations.
Background Information & Key Messages (from Earth Day Network)
- On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests the deterioration of the environment.
- Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife realized they shared common values.
- Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
- The full-scale rejection of science-based reasoning, facts and overwhelming evidence by somepolicymakers is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies across all scientific disciplines to take a public stand and be counted.
- On Earth Day, Earth Day Network is partnering with the March for Science to rally in Washington D.C. to promote the protection of a healthy and sustainable world for earth and all its inhabitants through all fields and disciplines of science education.
- Using the teach-in concept deployed for the very first Earth Day in 1970, the Washington, D.C. teach-in and events worldwide will fight against efforts to silence science by creating and supporting knowledge sharing, community engagement, citizen science and stewardship.
- The D.C. rally will be one of many local community-based events across the world to support all fields and disciplines of science. The purpose of this event is to support global communities with educating each other on the importance of science and how to be civically engaged.
- We are encouraging everyone to attend their local teach-ins, rallies, and marches or create one if one does not exist.
- The Climate March is occurring the following Saturday (April 29). We strongly support the need for comprehensive climate action and encourage all people who can come to D.C. on the April 29 to do so.
- Earth Day Network is only directly involved in the production of the teach-in on the National Mall. We will be doing aggressive global outreach to share our teach-in toolkit to any person, organization, or community who would like to put one on. We are happy to provide the same information to any Earth Day event or March for Science to host their own local satellite teach-in.