On April 22 Marchers took to the streets of Washington, D.C. in support of science. The march was broadcast over a multitude of social media sites and the news. In the spirit of Earth Day, many signs raised up in protest for creating awareness of climate change.
The March for Science in D.C. was led by Bill Nye (the science guy). It was estimated to have 40,000 protesters. The main reason for the march was to protest against budget cuts being made to the Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, and NASA’s Earth research programs under President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
Morgantown was one of two locations in West Virginia, the other being Huntington, that hosted a science march in accordance with the D.C. march. Roughly 500 people attended the march in Morgantown, and protesters gathered in Woodburn circle. Science departments, professors and students partook in the event, and Fourteen of twenty organizations in the Morgantown March were affiliated with WVU.
The march for science was meant to show that scientists are not elitists and to help raise awareness for the possible budget cuts being made in 2018.
The President of DownstreamStrat, Evan Hansen, spoke during the event about water quality and keeping it safe for the community.
In an article written by the D.A., it is mentioned that local scientists are the only reason trout supply has returned to Deckers Creek. This was made possible through the development of a new filtration device that helped filter pollutants from the water that were introduced by acid mine drainage in the creek.
Engineering and agricultural departments also participated in the march. These are two fields of study that many forget to include when thinking of science, but engineering at WVU is one of the largest departments, if not the largest, and many students studying engineering are going to be entering the work field, this goes for many majors at the university (medical comes to mind), with budget cuts hindering their scientific advancements.
This march wasn’t for scientists that want more money. It was for science lovers that want to see a future worth living in—a world that isn’t suffering from climate change or lack of progress.