As Earth Day draws nearer so does another exciting march. On April 22, 2017, all around the country and the world, there will be marches commemorating and celebrating science. So before it begins here’s a few things you should know.

What is it and why?

The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. This movement began because of the increasing attacks on science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking. It is budget cuts, censorship of research, threats of dismantling government agencies and more that not only put the environment at risk but people too!

When and where is it?

The March for Science is taking place on April 22, 2017, a day which so happens to be earth day. It is taking place all over the world and the country. From the U.S. to Japan to Australia. If you want to find a march near you look here.

Why should you participate?

Since the election of Donal Trump as the president of the United States of America, science and scientist have been under constant attack. One of the first moves President Trump made was the announcement of Scott Pruitt as the nominee for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  What is baffling is that Pruitt is strongly opposed to the idea of climate change, saying that it isn’t real despite decades of scientific research and proof.  However, it is not only Pruitt who believes this. According to a tweet made by Donald Trump, climate change was “created by the Chinese.”

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It is because of ignorant remarks made by people like Trump and Pruitt who have power that we should march. We shouldn’t let those who turn a blind eye to the facts make decisions on issues they know nothing about. We should protect the children and their schools so that they know about the harms of climate change and how we must stop it. We must also protect scientists and the scientific process that provides us with so much information about the state of our world. This march isn’t just for science, it is a movement to show those like Trump that people who believe in science and facts won’t give up. We must continue the fight to prevent censorship to believe in science, not silence.

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