Late January 2017 saw a report stating that the White House website had deleted all references to the subject of ‘climate change’. That report set a user forum consisting mainly of Reddit users in the U.S. responding and giving a suggestion that Washington DC must have a ‘March for Science’. The thought soon spread and soon “sister march” websites, twitter handles and facebook accounts started appearing.
The movement arrives in Australia
In Australia, the movement found immediate takers with the diverse group of people comprised of young high school students to postgraduates and PhD graduates. This thought also embraced and encouraged by one of the highly qualified Physics tutor for education development. In a very short span of time, the concept of marching for science has seen rapid growth, and soon there will be these ‘sister marches’ in cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Townsville and other cities in Australia.
The core objective of the movement has been stated to be safeguarding and supporting the scientific community. Policy changes that happened particularly in the US in recent times have been of heightened concern for scientists. Support to the movement has been immediate and incredible demonstrating that the concerns are shared by thousands of people across the globe. Science has been wrongly characterised as partisan in character and enabling policy makers to reject the even overwhelming evidence. This trend, in the least, is very much against the spirit of science and the movement, therefore, calls for the support of all those concerned with evidence-based policies and scientific research to be counted and take a public stand.
The following are the expected outcome from the movement:
A community that is well informed is essential for a successful and free society. The movement supports Universal literacy towards achieving this objective. To promote broad scientific knowledge among the public and encourage discussions on scientific work, the movement seeks to enthusiastically contribute expertise and time of parents, professionals and community volunteers
Bringing about more openness in the communication of scientific findings, and their implications.
Scientific consensus and peer-reviewed evidence guiding public policy so as to enable scientists to communicate the results of publicly-funded research and support literacy in technology, science, mathematics and engineering.
A strategic and long-term approach to investments in scientific developments and research is necessary to drive true innovation. Governments committing to a stable policy on science funding will lead to finding solutions to an array of complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all stakeholders.
This new found enthusiasm has seen instant and massive support coming from the Australian scientific community as well as people from every other walk of life, including students across age profiles. With educators, government, and parents equally concerned about the urgent need to ramp up scientific education and science quest, the present movement is expected to be shot in the arm for the promotion of science education in the country.