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Scientists Organize 'March For Science' Event In Washington


Scientists have organized and announced an event in April. Named "March for Science," the event will occur in Washington, D.C. In its official website, "March for Science" is described as a celebration of the passion for science as well as a call for support and safeguard the scientific community. It explained how recent policy changes by the Trump administration have increased the worries and concerns of scientists as well as people from around the world.

The Christian Science Monitor reported that the event will take place on Earth Day, which is on Apr. 22. It was noted that the movement has gained popularity since Americans are concerned about President Trump's administration as well as his choice of people in the Cabinet's support for "alternative facts."

Last month, the 45th President of the United States met with Princeton physicist William Happer. He is known for being vocal about how the benefits brought about by climate change outweigh its disadvantages.

William Happer was spotted at Trump Tower on Jan. 13. There are speculations that the meeting was to discuss about a government post for the Princeton physicist in the energy or science departments.

This came after Donald Trump appointed climate-change deniers to office. He has previously tweeted that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

According to The Washington Post, theoretical physicist Laurence Krauss has admitted that he will be joining the "March for Science" event while Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed his approval of the movement. Rush Holt, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, noted that he thinks that the march may become a "gigantic endorsement of the idea of science, the idea of verifiable evidence."

Meanwhile, Caroline Weinberg, a public health researcher and science writer and co-organizer of the event, said that now may be a good time for scientist to join the fight. She added that both political parties are guilty of disregarding scientific evidence, however, it is no longer possible to ignore policy especially when it affects the future of science itself.

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