Recent world events have inspired a global movement to march and rally in our cities, to ask our leaders to use science to make better informed and evidence-based decisions, and to ensure science and scientific literacy is accessible and achievable to all. Scientific consensus cannot be ignored with no cause. Politicians risk making decisions that do not reflect reality when they ignore scientific expertise, and they must be held accountable. Governments that ignore science to pursue ideological agendas endanger the world.We hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics, and to encourage scientists to be more active participants in representing the results of their research. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings with the public cannot be tolerated. Scientists can no longer stand on the sidelines and allow others to misrepresent and interpret their work. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science.The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas: Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.
Universal Literacy: A well-informed community is essential to a free and successful society. We support education to promote broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work. As professionals, parents, and community-engaged volunteers, we enthusiastically contribute our time and expertise to helping children and students of all ages engage with the physical universe and biological world.
Open Communication: Publicly-funded scientists have a responsibility to communicate their research and public outreach and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged. Communication of scientific findings and their implications must not be suppressed.
Informed Policy: Public policy should be guided by peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus. Public policy must enable scientists to communicate their publicly-funded research results, and must support literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Stable Investment: A long-term, strategic approach to investment in scientific research and development is essential for driving true innovation. Government commitment to stable science funding policy will deliver solutions to complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all.