Tomorrow is the March for Science. As these important issues come up, I’m trying not to be political, but what we call political actually affects a number of people’s real lives. From crime to health care, immigration to women’s equality and civil rights for all, these are basic things that many of us deal with on a daily basis. I know people are tired of hearing about privilege, but if you’re not affected by these issues and simply see them as politics as usual, then more than likely you are in a privileged group.
That doesn’t mean that you are rich or have no troubles of your own; it is simply that from your perspective you can’t understand “the big deal” or why some of us are so vocal. You may or may not take your rights for granted, but for some of us who live the day to day of having our civil rights violated, it has been very frustrating.
Whether or not you believe that our global climate is changing or whether or not you feel that it is a man-made problem, it is eveyrone’s responsibility to maintain adequate living conditions for everyone here now, and everyone to come.
This simply means taking care of our environment.
Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
Adjust your thermostat.
Pick up litter.
In listing them, these should not be controversial. In fact, many of these should be common sense.
When a new White House Administration comes in, their priorities take precedence. They focus on what they feel is important. Looking back decades, we can see that. Even President George W. Bush, whose policies didn’t believe in climate change still did his part to protect the environment without compromising his capitalist values.
When the Trump Administration came in, on the very first day, they eliminated web pages from the official White House website. Ignoring what we would deem controversial like the justice department, immigration, LGBT+, and ethics policies, they also shuttered anything about climate and environmental protections as well as national parks, and food and drug safety. This included established and agreed upon science.
You can’t change facts.
You can disagree with them; you can have a differing viewpoint in how to address them, but facts are facts.
Our children need to know how to read and analyze data critically, objectively, and sadly, we are all being lied to when less than knowledgeable people are in charge of the various departments.
Tomorrow, as we have been doing since January on a variety of topics, we stand up for science.
We must broaden our minds, and think critically, and problem solve, and communicate with the best minds. We should encourage science education and questioning.
Science. Not silence.
This is the first of a series of posts for the March for Science and science resources. Please add your own suggestions in the comments. Now more than ever, we need to be here for each other and for our planet. We have one chance to get it right.
Stand up and be counted.