According to New York Times writer Nicholas St. Fleur in his article "'Listen to Evidence': March for Science Plans Washington Rally on Earth Day", not only the global fight against climate change and unsustainability is threatened, but the community of environmental scientists as a whole is threatened in this new era of our country's history in ways we haven't seen in years. The administration shows an unprecedented hostility towards the scientific community, and environmentalists have been threatened for their natural opposition to many potentially harmful policies that the new president and his appointed cabinet members have proposed.
A quintessential climate denier.
Now, however, scientists and environmental engineers are stepping up the fight. People are getting organized and are ready to fight back to defend nature and continue to study the ways in which our world works, how we are harming it, and how we can lessen the impact of human society on it. Organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union (both cited in the article) are banding together to defend the scientific community and its consensus on climate change. Referencing an "anti-science" direction in which society is moving right now, many prominent scientific figures are planning a March for Science in our country's capital.
With ever-increasing attacks on the media, academia, and the scientific community, it is more important than ever for researchers to assert themselves and stand up for the environment, data, and climate justice. It is noteworthy because I believe that more articles covering the fight back against attacks on science and environmental policy should be written and the topic needs more attention for us to truly be able to make a difference.
An environmental protest.
I picked this article because I'm very interested in environmental policy and how the government and society perceives environmental science and the various issues associated with the field. While I'm glad that scientists are seeing the dangers of this administration's stance on various scientific topics, what is crucial is support and full acknowledgement from the populace, as people need to make changes in their own lives to make a difference in this fight, in addition to fighting fundamentally and existentially for environmental science itself and science in general. I am going to keep an eye out for the protest, and I look forward to seeing the response from the general public, which I believe will be indicative of how far we still have left to go in asserting the importance of scientific inquiry and study of the environment.