March for science draws hundreds in midland

March for Science in Midland, MI

By Erik Hopkins, staff reporter.

MIDLAND – Local activists began their march to support science at Carpenter Elementary School on Sat. April 22 at 3 p.m., where protesters then marched through Main Street to the Tridge.

According to marchforscience, the official website of the march, The March for Science is a national march that seeks to encourage others in celebrating science and the role it plays in everyday life. The march strives to not make it about scientists or politicians. Marches happen all over the world in aim to create conversations about the importance of studying science.

Throughout the following week after the march took place, the science community calls for a week of action. Sunday calls for engagement, the next discovery, then empowerment, creating, communication, advocating, and the week ends with connecting.

“Action is the antidote to despair,” says march organizer Jim Crissman in his opening speech. “Solving global warming doesn’t require sacrifice, just change.”

Amy Rogers, who worked on communications for the Midland march, was very passionate about why so many locals got together to support the science community.

The crowd drew close to 500 dedicated protesters who came to join the science movement, says Rogers. All creeds, colors and ages were welcome to join in – and they did. Ages ranged from young children to seniors, most marching with passionate signs about the topic of science – some dogs were even a part of the march.

“It was well organized and the marchers were dedicated. Citizen politics is a great thing – essentially American, and hard to ignore. There was a giant ghost of Albert Einstein with a head that whirled… I mean, c’mon!”

Rogers worries about the Trump administration’s regulation rollback for protection of our environment. So far, Trump’s executive orders include rewriting rules that curb carbon emission, lifting federal coal leases moratorium and no longer requiring federal officials to think of climate change when they start making a decision.

“Science is the 21st century, and we cannot allow the temporary whims of an off-center political junta to dictate its parameters. I think people were afraid when the current administration started blocking the free flow of information. That is not how we do things in modern America.” says Rogers.

Rogers was extremely pleased with the turnout and how the itself march went.

“It is important for folks across the political and social spectrum to march,” says Rogers, “and this certainly was a non-partisan group of people.”

 

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