Editor’s note: The featured photo is not from today’s rally.
#StandUpForScience: Join scientists, allies and impacted communities at a rally in Boston, Massachusetts while thousands of scientists will be in town for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference–the first one since anti-science forces and climate deniers have taken office.
Science serves the common good. It protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations.
But it’s under attack — both science itself, and the unalienable rights that scientists help uphold and protect.
From the muzzling of scientists and government agencies, to the immigration ban, the deletion of scientific data, and the de-funding of public science, the erosion of our institutions of science is a dangerous direction for our country. Real people and communities bear the brunt of these actions.
The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) brings thousands of scientists together and offers a global stage to send a message at this pivotal moment: we must Stand Up for Science.
Join scientists and community members to affirm:
– Science must serve the interests of all people, not just those in power.
– We must support publicly funded and publicly communicated science
– We must protect scientific integrity in policy making.
– We must protect government scientists from censorship or suppression.
– We must keep scientific data that can benefit the health of our communities and environment open and accessible to the public
– A diverse group of scientists produces increasingly diverse research, which broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world
– Climate change is real, human caused, and an urgent threat. We must support climate science research and evidence-based policy aimed at mitigating climate change and addressing its impacts.
This is about freedom of inquiry and the future of evidence-based policy in the public interest. It’s about the disproportionate impacts on communities of color and low-income communities. It’s about the impacts of the discriminatory travel ban. It’s about speaking truth to power.
PARTNERS: ClimateTruth.org Action, The Natural History Museum, Union of Concerned Scientists, 314 Action, 500 Women Scientists, 350 Mass for a Better Future, Greenpeace USA, Mass Sierra Club, Toxics Action Center, Alliance for Climate Education, Radius MIT, MIT Alumni for Climate Action Leadership, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, MIT UA Sustainability Committee, Fossil Free MIT, Divest BU, Divest Harvard, MIT Sustainability Summit, Climate Justice Caucus (a student group at the Harvard Kennedy School)
– Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, author of Merchants of Doubt
– Astrid Caldas, Ph.D. Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
– Kelly L. Fleming, Ph.D. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted at the US Dept. of Energy, 500 Women Scientists Leadership Board
– Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. of Paleoecology, Univ. of Maine; Host, Warm Regards Podcast
– Chiamaka Obilo, high school student and Action Fellow at Alliance for Climate Education
– Quita Sullivan, JD (Montaukett/Shinnecock), Environmental Justice Lawyer, and the Program Director for Theater at New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
– Geoffrey Supran, Ph.D. Energy Modeling Post Doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Science History Post Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
– Maryam Zaringhalem, Ph.D, Molecular Biologist at Rockefeller University, host of Science Soapbox Podcast
-Jordan Kennedy (Lakota), and a Harvard U. PhD student who studies Material Science and Mechanical engineering
– Daniel Faber, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC)
– Yvette Arellano from TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) in East Houston.
This rally builds on the momentum of other scientist-led efforts since the election, including a rally outside the American Geophysical Union conference in December, and soon—the Science March taking place in DC and in cities around the world this April 22. https://www.marchforscience.com/.
#StandUpForScience #ScienceNotSilence #StandWithScientists #ProtectOurCommunities #WaterIsLife
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Here is the live stream video from The New York Times:
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