In more than 500 cities around the world, people will be taking part in the March for Science on Saturday, April 22—in a collective rejection of President Donald Trump and his love of “alternative facts” over objective truth, reports Emily Atkin. Organizers also hope that the march will inspire more citizens to recognize and defend the importance of scientific research.
The march is also a “defense of science itself, which thrives on federal funds and faces massive cuts under Trump,” notes Atkin.
Dr. Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the Science journals, told Atkin he thought the march offered “a rare opportunity for scientists to help get out the message of just how valuable, how powerful science is and how important it is—how it’s more important to lives of nonscientists than to the job of scientists.”
Here are several reasons, says Atkin, why you and I need science:
You need science to know what to wear in the morning. You need it so your house doesn’t get flooded. You need it so those raw oysters don’t make you sick. You need it if you want to survive deadly diseases. You need it so your dog doesn’t eat deadly algae. And you need it to win wars.