Three days into his first term, representatives from the Trump administration allegedly ordered the Interior Department to temporarily stop using Twitter, because of criticism from the National Parks Twitter feed. The president's proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by almost a third.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
These are just a few actions leading members of the scientific community to join women, minorities, immigrants, and other marginalized groups in publicly voicing their displeasure with Trump. Saturday, that displeasure took the form of protest in actions all over the world that were collectively coined The March for Science.
Trump’s pro-fossil fuel stances, along with his approving nods towards anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, have fueled a more political stance by members of the scientific community. Saturday’s activities, which were also linked with Earth Day, brought out celebrity appearances, as well as plenty of signs with science-themed puns.
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Add in the recent headlines by flat Earth truthers like Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, and it's understandable why some members of the scientific community are being more outspoken with their politics and social commentary.
Show me a Nation with a science-hostile government, and I'll show you a society with failing health, wealth, & security.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 22, 2017
“Show me a Nation with a science-hostile government, and I’ll show you a society with failing health, wealth, & security,” famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted prior to the marches.
For more information on Saturday's marches or ways to take part in community activism locally, visit MarchForScience.com.