Scientists On Earth Day: Protect The Planet Against Donald Trump [Video]By Khaleb Skye A. Cruz, UniversityHerald Reporter
Mankind has been offering 24 hours out of 365 days for the planet. Earth Day is a global event held annually on April 22. This year is no different.
As part of this year's celebration, scientists from all over the world have organized a rally called "March for Science". Apparently, the movement was set to blast President Donald Trump for canceling various climate change research in America. If his plan pushes through, the planet is in great danger.
Typically, scientists stay out of the political scene. However, since the election of Trump in the White House, the experts feared that the new administration will make decisions that would "imperil" science. Unfortunately, they were correct.
In fact, per Time, one of the reasons for the march is to raise concerns about the future of Environmental Protection. Climate scientists joining the march will demonstrate against the 31 percent budget cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The reduction affects many climate programs such as former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan.
Reportedly, the 31 percent proposed budget cut jeopardizes research about climate change. Trump, obviously, has been skeptical about the issue of global warming. On the other hand, his 18 percent markdown in funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) is also a top concern for many scientists.
For her part, Carol Greider said in earlier media interviews that a nearly 20 percent cut to the NIH budget will mean no new grants for young researchers. Greider is a professor of molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University and a Nobel awardee. Obviously, without the support from Trump, the planet might lose the next generation of scientists.
Moreover, the President wants more explorations in space rather than near-earth studies. On Saturday, thousands of environment advocates joined the "March for Science" in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, hundreds more participated at satellite events in New York, Chicago, Birmingham, Alabama, and more. The Washington event started with a rally at around nine o'clock in the morning while over 500 similar events took place around the world.
Well, according to The Sun, Earth day began after a catastrophic oil spill occurred 50 years ago. Proposed by peace activist John McConnell at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco in1969, he knew that humans have a notable obligation to protect the Earth for future generations. The first event took place in 1970 joined by 2,000 colleges and 10,000 schools across America. It is now adopted in 192 countries.