Scientists will be demonstrating across the country Saturday, including in San Diego, during March for Science, an event that coincides with Earth Day and is being touted as a nonpartisan effort advocating science’s role in shaping public policy.
Although many scientists are critical of the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to federal programs and agencies that support and rely on scientific data — including the Environmental Protection Agency — a UC San Diego researcher who is helping to organize San Diego’s march told KPBS that science is crucial to everyone.
“Passions have been running high all around recently. But that’s not what this needs to be about,” Robert Cooper, a UCSD post-doctoral researcher, told KPBS. “We all have the same message: science needs to be above and beyond the divisions in the rest of society. That’s the power of science, it’s something we all should agree on.”
According to the KPBS report, some local scientists are bowing out of Saturday’s event over concerns the march will further politicize the debate over important issues like climate change.
The San Diego March for Science takes place Saturday, April 22 at the San Diego Civic Center. The public is welcome to join the event.
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