This Earth Day, April 22, will have an additional resonance as people gather worldwide to advocate for the science that is needed for humans to survive and thrive in the coming decades.
The March for Science will have at least two events locally, with peaceful, nonpartisan marches and rallies planned for Santa Cruz and Monterey. It’s a chance for scientists — as well as those who believe in science — to stand up and be counted.
The global gathering of people is an acknowledgement of the critical role that science plays in our world and our daily lives; it’s also a call for government policies that are based on scientific evidence.
Amazingly, the March for Science was only just proposed in January — in a comment on Reddit — and has gathered momentum rapidly. The main March for Science will be held in Washington D.C., with close to 500 other marches planned across the United States and throughout the world.
Locally, the Monterey Bay March for Science, from 1-4 p.m., begins at Colton Hall with marchers planning to walk to Window on the Bay, where there will be a rally and speakers; a beach cleanup is also planned that day. A sign-making party for the event is planned for April 20, 4-6 p.m. at Center for Change, 1238 Fremont Blvd. in Seaside.
March for Science Santa Cruz begins with a rally at Santa Cruz City Hall at 10 a.m., with speakers including Gary Griggs, director of the UC Santa Cruz Institute of Marine Sciences and Leslie Connor of the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center (a complete schedule can be seen at marchforsciencesantacruz.org).
The march starts at 10:30 a.m. and will wind through downtown Santa Cruz and to San Lorenzo Park, ending at the community’s Earth Day celebration. Earth Day Santa Cruz’s environmental celebration will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature educational booths, live music, kid-friendly activities, upcycled do-it-yourself art projects, and food and beverages for sale; for details and volunteer opportunities, see scearthday.org.
You can keep up on developments on either march through their Facebook pages; activities and speakers are still being added for the Monterey Bay event, according to event co-organizer Haley Pepper D’Amico, who has been working with Steve Lieberman and others to put it all together.
D’Amico, a 20-year-old Monterey Peninsula College student, said that she became interested in the March for Science after seeing the immense interest online. It’s the first time she’s ever been involved in this kind of activism, and she’s jumped in with both feet.
Now, more than 300 people are projected to come to the Monterey Bay march, but with help from a variety of other organizations and entities, it’s all coming together, she said. The enthusiastic response was such that crowdfunding raised the money for the $500 event permit in just one night.
“I couldn’t do it without the overwhelming support I’ve received from so many people, said D’Amico.
Now, she said, the important thing is to get the word out — and get people there.
People from many different walks of life need to support science, D’Amico said, and they should come and participate: “If you’re interested in the furthering of science, and having public access to accurate information.”
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