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March For Science To Be Held On Earth Day

| by Robert Fowler

The March for Science, a planned demonstration in Washington D.C. born out of concerns over how the Trump administration will work with the scientific community, is scheduled for Apr. 22 -- Earth Day.

The planned demonstration has been billed as a non-partisan movement, CNN reports.

"We hope to see you in D.C. and around the world!" the organizers tweeted out.

The March for Science was originally proposed on the message board website Reddit, with sympathetic social media users coordinating to organize a planned demonstration in the nation's capital.

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"A number of people had the independent idea to have a March for Science on Washington and throughout the country," said public health scientist Caroline Weinberg, one of the group's organizers. "We all connected through Twitter, as many of these things seem to start!"

The group was formed in response to the election of President Donald Trump amid concerns that his administration will disregard data provided by scientists while implementing policy. While the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community is that climate change is an imminent threat that must be confronted, Trump has previously called the concept a hoax.

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," Trump tweeted out in November 2012.

On their official website, organizers of the March for Science have asserted that their demonstration does not advocate for any partisan leanings but for the acceptance of empirical science.

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"The politicization of science, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter," the organizers wrote. "It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted."

Observers note that even if the march's organizers want their demonstration to unite people from both sides of the political aisle together under the banner of science, they still run the risk of being politicized, especially amid a charged climate of several high-profile demonstrations against the Trump administration.

"If the march becomes too liberal, such as adopting an exclusively anti-Trump perspective, or is used to promote primarily liberal policy positions, then it will lose its impact on conservatives," Dr. Karl Haro von Mogel told Forbes. "They may dismiss science more in the future as a political tool of the left."

Tim Dodd, a social media celebrity who has promoted the march on his Instagram account, added: "It's important for people to remember that science is not political," Dodd said. "Science is science. Science follows evidence and the scientific method. Anything that hinders scientific endeavors could be the biggest fault of a civilization."

Sources: CNN (2, 3), March for Science/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, Forbes, March for Science / Photo Credit: Bark/Flickr

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