As Scientists March, Federal Researchers Weather Trump Storm

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As Scientists March, Federal Researchers Weather Trump Storm

Attendance at this weekend’s March for Science is expected to be lower than last year's, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to protest the Trump administration and its science policies. Many anti-Trump protesters say their attention is now focused on other forms of action, such as filing lawsuits to overturn new rules, or recruiting scientists to run for office in local, state, and congressional offices.

‘Part of what we wanted to see from the march last year was to take the anger and energy and excitement and put it to work in their local communities,’ says Shaughnessy Naughton, director of 314 Action, a group that takes its name from the first three numerals of pi and is dedicated to recruiting and advising candidates with STEM backgrounds to run for public office. So far, the group has endorsed 50 candidates (all Democrats) in school board, state legislature, and congressional mid-term races.

Naughton won’t make this year’s march in Washington, DC, or one planned in her home town of Philadelphia. Neither will Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Silver Spring, Maryland-based group that has filed numerous lawsuits in the past year to obtain information from the EPA, Department of the Interior, and other federal science-based agencies. Ruch has been hearing directly from many federal scientists about the administration’s policies. The impression he gets is that the Trump administration has been ignoring science, rather than suppressing it.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, efforts to delay or roll back regulations on pesticides, lead paint, and renewable-fuel requirements have been struck down by the courts, according to the New York Times. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt also backed down on a proposal to delay implementing smog regulations and another to withdraw a regulation on mercury pollution. Ruch noted similar efforts to change rules at the Department of the Interior and NOAA.

Sociologist Jamie Kucinskas spent last year interviewing protesters at the March for Science in Washington, DC. She was able to find 46 federal scientists for follow up interviews to find out whether they were resisting new rules that they might not agree with. ‘What surprised us the most is that the majority of people were much more careful or cautious than we expected,’ says Kucinskas, a professor at Hamilton College. ‘They were wary to take any rash action.’

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On the ground at today’s March for Science rallies

The March for Science returned today for its second year, with marches and rallies planned for 200 cities worldwide. Last year’s march was one of the largest public displays of support for science, drawing 1.3 million people around the globe to rallies in more than 450 cities.

David Kanter, an organiser of the march in New York, says the theme of the day is the intersection of science and education. ‘We really want to focus on the power of science and scientific training to empower young people, to empower communities that have often been underrepresented in society and in science,’ he says. ‘The theme for all the marches this year is accountability, making sure that all of our elected officials are held accountable in terms of being able to respect science.’

This morning in Washington Square Park in New York, the day started slow as a small crowd began to gather under a cloudless sky. Some, like mechanical engineer Patrick Landry, had attended marches and rallies last year. He came out today because “carbon emissions keep going up, we need to send a message to our administration and the world that we need to find a solution,” he said.

Other marchers, like Liz Ndoye, a retired teacher from Hoboken, did not attend last year but felt that current events make this year’s march particularly important. “I’m terrified to live in a time when our leaders say science is fake news or a conspiracy. Marches make everyone aware there are people concerned about, for example, the EPA rolling back regulations,” Ndoye said.

10-year-old Dakota Shanley, whose stepmother Susan Perkins was a speaker, said she thinks kids should have more science classes in school. Shanley said that she’hasn’t had a unit on science yet this year. “If we get rid of science, we’re on the verge of losing so much information about Earth and space,” she said.’“The result of not enough science is people think the earth is flat, and we need to stop that.”

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March For Science 2018: What Organizers are Fighting For This Year

In its second year, the March for Science will bring scientists, researchers’and technologists together for over’250 rallies on Saturday, April 14.

‘The march is a focus on advocating for equitable evidence and based policies to serve the common good. We’re making it clear that people want and need science to be a part of a political conversation,’ said Dr. Caroline Weinberg, interim director of the March for Science told Newsweek.

Weinberg clarified the march is not an attack on President Donald Trump or his administration on their stance on science-based evidence. Rather, the march aims to make sure science and research are discussed in a political environment.

‘I think it’s a mistake to make the conversation around science advocacy around Trump. This has been happening for decades,’ said Weinberg. ‘I think people were concerned there would be an escalation, but it’s not a new thing. There are still things that need to be fighting for.’

Weinberg said she has learned a lot from last year’s efforts, which included some’organizational trouble. Among the lessons was’the importance of making sure all rallies across the globe are important, not just’the one happening in Washington D.C.

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