This year as we celebrated Earth Day, we also saw a huge turnout of rallies and marches held Washington D.C. and other cities around the nation. According to CNN, “more than 600 ‘satellite’ marches were taking place globally to coincide with Earth Day.”
The March for Science was planned after the success of the Women’s March in January. This march was a response to the new administration’s many outrageous policies and appointments such as the appointment of a climate change skeptic, Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (who has notoriously called for the elimination of the department altogether).
The new administration seems to be focused on creating more industry and paying less attention to science and environmental hazards.
“I think that is not a good idea because people need to know what’s going on in the area where they live,” said Vanessa Elliot (’17). “It’s important for people to get educated in things like global warming because it affects their daily lives. We also need to create programs to help the community.”
According to many published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, about 97 percent of climate scientists agree the alarming rate of climate change is due to human activity. We have seen these changes that include more intense hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, frequent intense heat waves and droughts. These weather changes affect our way of living and our way of surviving as it affects our source of food. According to climatecentre.org, in the last 100 years, the global average temperature has risen approximately .74 degrees celsius. While this number seems incredibly insignificant and small, it is important to understand why the gradual increase could lead to devastating events in the future.
The march had a lot to say about those who are climate change deniers and skeptics. The major backlash against the new administration in the science community is because not only do they not believe in climate change, they are actively finding ways to cut the Environmental Protection Agency also known as the EPA. The EPA works to regulate the environment creating laws passed by Congress. These regulations are why cars are so fuel efficient now, the standards set by the EPA to help it be more eco-friendly to the environment.
One of the highlights of the march was childhood idol Bill Nye who took a stance once again against those who try to repress scientific findings and evidence. “Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back,” he said.
Mrs. Weavil, one of the biology teachers at East says although she hasn’t researched the new administration’s current stance on science, as a science teacher, it is important to have a good understanding on the environmental protection. “I believe in general, we should support legislation and public agencies that protect our natural resources.”
The marches held an important message to those who oppose science. As Bill Nye always says, “It’s not magic, it’s science!”