Sunday, 23 April 2017

The March for Science on Earth Day, explained

The March for Science on Earth Day(पृथ्वी दिवस), explained

On Earth Day, April 22, thousands of people descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and took to the streets in cities across the globe — in the name of science. Inspired by the success of the
January 21 Women’s March on Washington, the March for Science celebrated the scientific method and advocate for using evidence in decision-makng in all levels of government. Though the event’s website didn’t explicitly (स्पष्ट रूप से) mention Trump, it was a protest of his administration’s policies, including his proposal to cut billions in funding for scientific research. The march drew a lively crowd — and the nerdiest protest signs you can imagine(कल्पना कीजिए) . Here’s what you need to know about it.

What will happen at the March for Science?
On April 22, science-friendly individuals gathered(एकत्र हुए)on the National Mall, and in dozens of satellite marches across the United States and even around the globe. The Earth Day Network — the nonprofit that organizes Earth Day events every year — took the lead on programming for the march.

The main event was co-hosted by Questlove (of the Roots and The Tonight Show) and Derek Muller (who runs a popular science YouTube channel). Jon Batiste and Stay Human (the band for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show) served as the house band.

And there were four main attractions.

1) A roster of speakers and science heroes

The main march programming took place on the north side of the Washington Monument, with a main stage facing the South Lawn of the White House.

Around 10 a.m., a series of speakers took the stage. They included:

Bill Nye — you know, the science guy
Mona Hanna-Attisha — a pediatrician who played a crucial role in blowing the whistle on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan
Rush Holt — Former congressman and current CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lydia Villa-Komaroff — a biologist who helped discover the process by which bacteria can produce human insulin
Christiana Figueres — one of the key architects of the Paris climate agreement
(You can see a list of speakers here.)

2) A series of “teach-ins”

The march programming puts a strong emphasis on education and helping the demonstrators think about how to get further involved in science activism.

The Earth Day Network set up a series of 20-plus “teach-ins,” with a vibe that was part science fair, part TED talk.

These teach-ins focused on specific topics in science and science communication, and how to move the needle. Sessions included “How to Stop Your Climate Denialist Uncle in His Tracks,” “Protecting Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change,” and one giving marchers tips on how to “protect forests from hungry beetles” and “track threatened wildlife.”

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