Yesterday, on Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched in over 600 organized marches in the name of science all over the world. While there are concerns with the reduction in US scientific funding, this was the first step of a major movement to increase the awareness of the importance of science across the globe.
Marches even took place in Antarctica (pictured here) and Greenland.
Many scientific celebrities were the keynote speakers at various marches. Two of which are Bill Nye “the science guy” and Adam Savage from MythBusters. Nye addressed march goers in Washington D.C. He discussed the role of science and what it has allowed. He also spoke about the framers of the US Constitution and pointed out that Article 1 Section 8 refers to promoting the progress of science and use of the arts. Without these, the economy will falter and without scientific literacy we cannot compete on the world stage. “There are lawmakers, not just here but around the world, that are deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science,” Said Nye.
Adam Savage echoed similar sentiments in San Francisco, CA. He stated that science is not a person giving the right answers, but instead asking the right questions to understand our universe. He described how the scientific method is used daily, even when we don’t realize we are working methodologically to solve even a simple problem, such as making our food taste better by putting salt on it. He also said the biggest enemy of science is bias. “A scientist knows this and this is why blind tests exists,” Savage said. While scientists are commitment to the truth, a scientist knows that they can alter things for a skewed or altered result without even realizing it. He went on to describe how mice have been used in thousands of studies and that a study in 2014 a that showed that testosterone of male researchers could scare mice and alter their behavior that disproving thousands of published conclusions papers.” This shows the strength of science where vigilance which lead to the discover of hidden mechanisms that we ultimately can better understand,” Savage said.
Not only did the march reach all the different environments of the Earth, but also its oceans. Here divers are holding signs at the Wake Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
This march was about protecting science, increasing scientific awareness especially when writing policies and social standards, increasing scientific literacy around the world, and most of all, promoting the methodical nature of evidence-based knowledge to support the decisions the effect everyone. It was about standing up for research including ongoing research that can ultimately protect the fate of animals on our planet. Standing up for research that helps us to understand our natural world. Here at Zoo Nation, we stand for science, evidence-based decisions, and anything that can ultimately protect and secure the survival and heart of the planet and the animals that live on it for generations to come.