By: Imran Suhail
There is a growing number of cities across the U.S and the globe participating in the March for Science. The FM science department is organizing students to attend the march in Albany, New York.
Scientists are standing up for evidence based policies. The march is not only focusing on environmental science, but all branches of science and is encouraging all science lovers to participate.
The date was set on Earth Day because it is a turning point in U.S government and environmental policy. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Environmental Protection Agency into existence which is still operating today.
“It’s important we support our schools and science education. To bring to light the importance of a foundation in science education,” said Flor Trespalacios, an instructor in the science department, who will also be attending the event in Albany. This is in no way a political stance she mentioned but rather a celebration of science and why it’s important to keep making advancements in it.
“I think it’s important that people get involved, non-violent protesting has worked multiple times in history, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Poland, Russia and the U.S. are tremendous examples of this. These are huge examples. It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral and ethical issue,” said Caitlin Anadio Pitkin, Sophomore environmental science major.
“I think the science march is great! People are seeking guidance and not leadership,” mentioned Devin Brunetto Burd, a sophomore science major. Burd believes that it’s not about leadership, which is based on moral decisions. He believes it’s about science, which is based on evidence, being used to guide people into making the right decisions.
Many hope this will become a historical event such as the Women’s March, in which millions of people participated in. With hundreds of thousands of people attending worldwide, this will help shine a light on the importance of making decisions based off scientific evidence and to celebrate the contribution science has brought to our world.
Trespalacios mentions, “I would like to bring the whole FM family to the celebration!”
Washington D.C. is not the only place to go to join The March for Science. A satellite feed will be broadcasting from Albany, New York and there will be a march on Washington Ave. from 3-6 pm on April 22. All are welcome to join in the celebration!