Paz Zait-Givon never dreamed that she would be working as an apprentice researcher at Rice Universtiy in Houston, Texas. She told Independent Journal Review:
“Science was always interesting but for a long time it just seemed like one of those things that potentially that some people could do, but never something that I could actually do.”
On Saturday, Zait-Givon will partner with thousands of other scientists and supporters at the March for Science. The movement coincides with Earth Day, and according to its website, over 600 marches will take place globally. Independent Journal Review talked with marchers nationwide.Independent Journal Review
James Vanegas, Director of March for Science in New York, told IJR that his team began planning for the rally in early February. Vanegas said:
“The March for Science is a grassroots approach to protesting. It started in D.C. and from there, it grew organically across the United States and across the whole world.”
The March For Science aims to propel the cause of science research and education in the wake of political uncertainty and policy change. Caroline Weinberg, National Co-Chair, March for Science said in a statement:
“Scientific discovery and innovation are a critical part of our nation and our future — science extends our lives, protects our planet, puts food on our table, contributes to the economy, and allows us to communicate and collaborate with people around the world.”
In March, President Trump released his budget proposal that sought to cut more than $54 billion from government programs across the board, one of them being the National Institutes of Health. Vanegas said the sciences touches everyone’s life and is relevant to everyone in the world. He said:
“We want to make sure people are aware of how much impact that cutting publicly funded science could have. The United States has been one of the technology powerhouses of the world, and it’s been so because of the discoveries made through publicly funded science.”
While one of the goals of the march is to send a powerful message to Washington, organizers stress the fact the march goes beyond political affiliation. “Science is just fact, it doesn’t have a political party,” Vanegas said.Independent Journal Review
Hannah Hilburn, who drove from Virgina to attend the Washington, D.C. rally told IJR that it’s important for Millennials like herself to be involved in politics. “We are the future of this country and we are the ones who are going to take all the jobs and will be left to clean up the mess,” Hilburn said.
Ariston De Leon, a public school teacher, said he’s also participating in the March in D.C. De Leon said he usually doesn’t consider himself an activist or participate in rallies. However, he recently realized the power that one person can make. De Leon told IJR:
“We may only be one drop in the bucket, but the thing is, with so many of us hopeful, we create this wave of change.”
The March in D.C. is taking place on the National Mall, and more than 25,000 people have signed up for the event via Facebook.