The March for Science is being held Saturday in Washington, DC, and more than 600 locations around the world. BuzzFeed News’ Azeen Ghorayshi, Nidhi Subbaraman, and Dan Vergano are in DC; Virginia Hughes is in New York City; Peter Aldhous is in San Francisco; and Kelly Oakes is in London.
Here’s What’s Happening
The March for Science is taking place in Washington, DC, on Earth Day on Saturday amid a perceived hostility of the Trump administration to science.
Satellite marches are also taking place in cities across the US and around the world.
The scientific community is divided over just how political the protests should be. Some believe the march should scientists strive to be non-partisan, partly due to federal funding concerns, but others believe scientists have a moral duty to speak out.
Trump releases statement on Earth Day — but makes no mention of March for Science (or climate change)
From the White House:
Our Nation is blessed with abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty. Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations. My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.
Economic growth enhances environmental protection. We can and must protect our environment without harming America’s working families. That is why my Administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment.
Rigorous science is critical to my Administration’s efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection. My Administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.
This April 22nd, as we observe Earth Day, I hope that our Nation can come together to give thanks for the land we all love and call home.