War on Facts Sparks Momentum for Scientists' March on Washington

The Trump-Pence administration’s war on facts may have galvanized the next major demonstration in the nation’s capital—the Scientists’ March on Washington, which is as yet unscheduled but is garnering significant enthusiasm online.

Spurred by the new administration’s stance on climate change, muzzling of scientists, and slashing of environmental regulations, the idea grew out of a Reddit thread started in the wake of Saturday’s inspirational Women’s March on Washington and global solidarity events.

As the Washington Post reports:

Indeed, the Facebook group had swelled to nearly 300,000 members as of later Wednesday, and @ScienceMarchDC now has more than 50,000 followers.

Organizers said Wednesday they would “soon be releasing our formal vision” (as well as a date for the march), but for now they summarized their mission thusly:

Indeed, Union of Concerned Scientists president Ken Kimmell said Wednesday in response to the latest crackdown on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in particular: “Demands to shut down informational websites and prevent the release of scientific findings are straight out of Orwell. We don’t live in a world of ‘alternative facts’—you can’t delete climate change and you can’t overrule the laws of physics by preventing scientists from talking about them.”

“President Trump and his representatives in the EPA and other agencies are accountable to the public interest,” Kimmell said, “and the scientific community will continue to expose and resist abuses like these.”

“This is not a partisan issue,” the March for Science team told Mashable by email. “Scientific research moves us forward.”

On other pro-science fronts, the climate movement is planning a redux of the People’s Climate March for April 29, and The Atlantic reported Wednesday that a newly formed group called 314 Action has been “created to support scientists in running for office.”

As 350.org noted in its call to action for the April 29 march, “Now more than ever, it will take everyone to change everything.”

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