Science is important to me because without science we would not have electricity which would mean no mobile phones, no Internet, and no Facebook. We would not have refrigerators to keep food fresh, television to entertain us, or even cars to drive.
I will virtually march for science because hard sciences help develop technology to grow the economy, life sciences provide a means for us to be physically healthy, and social sciences help us understand ourselves, others, and that wonderful organ, the brain.
I’m marching because of the blatant dismissal of climate change and terrible treatment of Earth by both the government and the citizens of it.
I’m marching for Science because I’m a scientist, and for climate because I’m terrified of what I see happening to our beautiful planet. Weather patterns becoming more unpredictable, droughts, floods, Spring coming earlier, making plants and animals more vulnerable to frost, glaciers melting, low-lying lands drowning, coral reefs dying, plants and animals shifting further towards the poles as the earth warms up. I’m including a photo of a spider I saw on our deck this spring. It’s a bit scary because the spider is eating a bee, but it is also beautiful, because this tiny animal you might not even notice, has an amazing pattern of hairs all over, and bright iridescent green mouthparts. We know so little about the natural world. So few people are paying attention to how ecosystems work, and yet this knowledge is crucial if we are to save ourselves from the effects of climate change and overpopulation. We need to empower the Environmental Protection Agency, and fully commit to the Paris Agreement. We need to take away the power of corporations to undermine democracy, and start listening to scientists instead.
My husband is studying Sociology at APSU on his Post 911 GI Bill. His focus is a passionate desire to reform Corrections in this country which is horribly stilted in our prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation, reform and prevention.
I have three beautiful sons. The oldest, 10, wants to become an astronomer: he wants to chart unknown star systems and figure out black holes.
Our youngest son, 3, is diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. We want a bright, inclusive, progressive future for him and his brothers. A future in danger because of the resurgence of ignorant undermining of science education, endowments for the arts and the negation of the threat of unchecked climate impact we have on our gorgeous, fragile planet.
Science, logic, reason, wonder, exploration, creativity, diversity, inclusiveness and equity should be the bedrock of nations; not a number on a budget to be slashed, repealed and squandered.
For my children and my children’s children, let innovation and the pursuit of knowledge grant us a chance to fulfill the potential of our wonderful human race.
We stand with you.