Science and evidence-based policies are under attack. Don’t see it? Consider the budget cuts, censorship of government researchers, and threats to government agencies that put our health, food, and climate at risk.
At the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Nutrition Action‘s publisher, we look at the science on a wide range of nutrition and food safety topics, and we base our advice on the body of facts. We do that even when our bottom line is unpopular in certain quarters, as it sometimes is with certain dietary supplements, raw milk, or ingredients from genetically engineered crops.
When the science changes, we change with it. And we’re not afraid to criticize—or praise—foods, food additives, government agencies, or manufacturers.
In the same way, national policies should be based on scientific evidence and the public’s wellbeing. Today, though, that evidence isn’t revered the way it should be.
The March for Science is a movement to show the current administration and science deniers that the American people (and global community) value science, scientists, and evidence-based policies.
How to show your support
- When and where. You can march with friends, family, and CSPI in Washington, DC, or at one of 500+ satellite marches on Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day).
- People will begin gathering on the National Mall in DC at 9:00 a.m. for teach-ins, a rally, and other activities. At 2:00, the crowd will depart from the Mall and march through the streets of Washington. Register today.
- Not marching in DC? Check with your local march (most have Facebook pages) to find out about meeting places, activities, and times.
- Can’t join the March in person? No Problem! Show your support online by telling us how science influences you or why you care about science. Use the hashtag #Selfie4Science
- Follow and tag CSPI on Facebook, Twitter (@CSPI), and/or Instagram (@cspi_nutritionaction) to show us your #Selfie4Science
- What should you wear? Wear your best protest footwear (i.e., comfortable walking shoes) and weather-appropriate clothing. The March organizers also encourage creativity! Dress as your favorite scientist. If you are a scientist, come in your work clothes!
- Should you make a sign? While you don’t have to, signs are encouraged! Show your support for NIH-funded research; come up with a good science pun; tell people why you love safe, healthy food. All types of science—from astrophysics to cell biology to public health—will be represented. The sky’s the limit.
- The DC march will not allow signs that have been mounted on wood or metal sticks or posts. Check with your local march for sign specifications.
Register for the March with CSPI, and we’ll pass the head count along to the organizers of the March for Science. We’ll also send out an email later this week with a meeting point in case you want to march with us in DC. If you’re planning on being in Washington for the rally, we hope to see you there!