March for Science

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

March starts at U of M Diag, Ann Arbor, MI

Join us at the Ann Arbor March for Science, a sister march of the national march. 

Marchers Pledge

(as stated on marchforscience.com)

We, the peaceful, passionate, and diverse members of the March for Science, pledge to work together to share and highlight the contributions of science, to work to make the practice of science more inclusive, accessible and welcoming so it can serve all of our communities, and to ensure that scientific evidence plays a pivotal role in setting policy in the future.

We will:

  • Build a scientific community that works toward the common good and serves all people.

  • Strengthen the bonds of mutual respect and communication between scientists and the public.

  • Ensure that policymakers have and use the best-available science to inform decisions that affect the public.

  • Support scientists if they are censored or punished for disseminating scientific evidence.

  • Hold political leaders and policymakers accountable if they silence, ignore, attack, or distort scientific evidence.

  • Fight discrimination, exploitation, and inequity in the scientific community.

  • Work to make sure that scientific research and scientific careers are made more accessible to people from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds.

  • Advocate for the rights of every child to receive a quality science education and to access the technologies and tools that shape our world.   

  • Encourage participation in the electoral process at every level to link scientific advocacy with civic action and public accountability.

  • Pass on to future generations our values of curiosity, free speech, free inquiry, and critical thinking.

On April 22, we take a decisive step toward ensuring a future where the fullness of scientific knowledge benefits all people, and where everyone is empowered to ask new scientific questions. We march for countless individual reasons but gather together as the March for Science to envision and sustain an unbroken chain of inquiry, knowledge, and public benefit for all.

Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. 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. 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 Earth is becoming warmer at an unnatural rate caused by human actions, and only human action can begin to halt or reverse that warming. The diversity of life arose by evolution, documented in fossils throughout the world. 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.

 

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