Fed up with the anti-intellectualism that is gripping politicians, scientists are planning a march on the nation’s capital.
“Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy,” the Scientists’ March on Washington statement said. “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.”
“There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives,” the statement said. “The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. The diversity of life arose by evolution. Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable.”
“An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world,” the statement said.
Since taking office Donald Trump has issued gag orders to scientists working in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA). Trump also placed restrictions on social media use by the EPA, USDA and departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services and the Interior.
The first agency to be silenced was the Department of Interior after two tweets pointing out the small inauguration crowd size were sent. Those tweets were deleted and an apology was later tweeted.
Scientists and some government agencies have defied the orders. The Badlands National Park Service began tweeting facts about human caused climate change after the order.
An “Alternative” National Park account even sprang up, proclaiming itself, “the unofficial “Resistance” team of U.S. National Park Service.”
Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS.
You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!
— AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer) January 25, 2017
“We hope to use (the march) as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics,” the statement said.
No date has been set for the march.
Those who wish to help participate in organizing the march can start by filling out the form here.
By Greg Wright