Even in the far-flung icy continent of Antarctica, scientists are taking time to demonstrate in support of science.
Climate researchers from Germany stationed near the South Pole got inspired by the massive day of action taking place in more than 600 cities around the world and tweeted their own message of solidarity to scientists and their allies in the streets. In a tweet from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, several scientists held up a quote from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie explaining the primary reason scientists feel called to do their work:
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood,” the quote reads. “Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”
— AWI Medien (@AWI_de) April 22, 2017
Scientists decided to organize a march on Washington, DC shortly after President Trump’s inauguration in protest of his administration’s refusal to accept the global consensus on climate change and continue to appoint cabinet members and pursue policies that ignore empirical science. The idea quickly generated excitement on Reddit, and prompted other scientists and their supporters to organize satellite marches in cities around the U.S. and the rest of the world.
“If we want to prevent future Flints, we need to embrace what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come in terms of science and technology,” said pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha — one of the doctors who originally exposed the lead poisoning epidemic in Flint, Michigan — in an interview with the New York Times.
The scientific community aims to use today’s marches, which coincide with the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, as a means of pressuring the Trump administration and members of Congress to listen to scientists in matters that concern the environment.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.