Marchers of Science What They Try to Say?

Is climate change real? Why do we need science marches on Earth Day to understand the importance of science in our day-to-day lives?

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington (DC): The Washington mall was filled with thousands of people, especially scientists, environmental groups and science lovers participating in a rally on what many of them called “defending science” on Earth Day – Saturday, April 22.

Not just in Washington, D.C., crowds have gathered in San Francisco and in many other cities around the world, including London and Sydney.

The rainy day in Washington, D.C. didn’t stop people from attending the rallies. People holding signs, such as ‘There is no Planet B,’ ‘Science is Not Silence,’ along with many other creative signs were seen everywhere in the mall and elsewhere. A rally was also held near the Capitol Hill in the evening.

With growing skepticism of science in general and of climate change and global warming in particular, the science community, which included scientists, environmentalists, and aficionados of science, has come together to rally against the alternative facts or denial approach toward science rebuffing scientific predictions as rather ‘unproven science’ or even hoaxes.

Though many marchers reportedly said that the rally was non-partisan, there was a political edge to it. Scientists and environment advocates were increasingly concerned about climate change after President Donald Trump had signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA to reverse Obama’s clean power plan that cracked down on production companies that emitted carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that keeps the temperatures warm.

Clean power plan is the centerpiece of the 2015 Paris Agreement that many countries around the world comply, including the top most polluter China and third largest polluter India. Obama has promised to the other countries, especially China that America would reduce carbon emission to around 26 percent by 2020.

Trump had promised during his election campaign that he would de-regularize the manufacturing and production industry from laws of climate change, which were from his perspective stumbling the growth and thereby ending countless jobs. He said the coalmine workers would get their jobs back soon.

The scientist community, after a period of disagreements over the issue on whether climate change is manmade or Earth’s usual climatic pattern, has come together to raise their voice against global warming and its consequences in the future. Majority of the scientists believe in various degrees that some form of human intervention has taken place on the climate.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned scientist, in his latest short film on climate change, viewed by more than 22 million on social media, says that it seems people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not, what is reliable and what is not reliable. He says when people who don’t know much about science, standing in denial of it and rising to power is the recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.

With scientists seeing the implications of global warming, such as melting of ice and increase in sea levels, are now concerned about Trump’s stand on the issue. America has been the leader so far in addressing global warming and convincing other nations to reduce carbon emissions. Now with the change in its policy, America would not be in a position to dictate terms.

The signs at the rallies try to teach the importance of science in our day-to-day lives. The scientists want the citizens to understand science and make decisions based on it to solve the problems, including climate change.

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