Today is #EarthDay: in Chicago, We’re Marching for Science!

There is no Planet B. (photo: NASA)

Today is Earth Day. If you’re in the Chicago region looking for something to do outside, please join Roosevelt students, faculty, and staff in the March for Science in Chicago (10am-3pm in Grant Park).

This national public event on #EarthDay2017 celebrates the value of science in society, and advocates for scientific evidence-based decision making in public policy and political discourse.

Faculty, students, and staff from the Sustainability Studies program, the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science, and other offices from the university will meet in the WB Lobby at 9:00am at RU’s downtown Chicago Campus, after which we’ll walk over to Grant Park in time for the 10am rally that kicks off the day’s events. After a round of speakers, participants will march at 11am from Grant Park to the Museum Campus for a cool science expo planned for 12-3pm outside the Field Museum. Official visitor and registration details here.

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Why the march for science on Earth Day? From the March for Science website:

The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

It’s time to get off the sidelines
and make a difference.

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March for Science is a celebration of science.  It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

There is no Planet B. Join the #MarchForScience.

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