March for Science Missoula
On the afternoon of Saturday, 22 April 2017, citizens will gather in Caras Park in historic downtown Missoula to demonstrate appreciation for and support of science, scientists, and all that the pursuit of science has given and has yet to give us.
The event will feature a rally gathering in Caras Park, where local researchers, educators, and other scientists will address the crowd as we acknowledge the importance and benefits of embracing curiosity, promoting scientific literacy, and supporting scientific research. Citizens will then peacefully march from dowtown Missoula, over the Clark Fork River, and into the parkland of Clark Fork Natural Area.
We enthusiastically invite all citizens to join us!
After the march, attendees are encouraged to join us along the banks of the Clark Fork River as we fratranize and enjoy the spring weather.
This Missoula event is being held in solidarity with the March for Science that will be occurring in Washington, D.C., on this same date; many other communities across the nation will also be hosting their own local marches.
Soon, we will announce the names of those scientists who will be speaking at the rally. More details will be posted soon regarding the specific route of the march. Mark the date!
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ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.
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If you are interested in helping with the Missoula march, please join our volunteer page: https://www.facebook.com/