Following the Women's March will be a so-called March for Science, where people will be marching in Washington, D.C. at some point in the future to stick up for science. Is this really a March for Science, or is it just leftism hiding behind the brand of science?
Here are seven things you need to know about the March for Science.
1. A date for the march has not been officially set.
2. There will also be marches in other cities as well.
3. The march is focused on something that most Americans don't care about: climate change. The march's website states:
"There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives," according to the site. "The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. The diversity of life arose by evolution. ... An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world."
One of the organizers of the march told CNN that they were working on "a mission statement collaborating with a diverse group of scientists to ensure that our movement is all inclusive."
While it's true that polls show that most Americans believe in man-made climate change, a 2016 Pew Research Center survey "found that only 36 percent of Americans care "a great deal" about climate change," per CNN. A United Nations poll found that climate change is the lowest-ranked issue of concern worldwide.
4. Naturally, the March for Science's main Twitter page is celebrating Al Gore.
It seems odd that a march dedicated to science would praise a man whose film on climate change has to be shown with nine noted corrections in Britain.
5. The March for Science seems to post more about leftist politics than about actual science.
colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues— March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) January 29, 2017
Actually those aforementioned issues are mostly social issues using the lexicon of the left, which has very little to do with science.
6. The March for Science doesn't seem to be focused on actual scientific issues. The march's social sites have been largely silent about:
- Life beginning at conception.
- How it is impossible to change one's gender.
- Providing funding to adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells.
- How genetically modified foods (GMOs) are safe and beneficial to humans.
The only times one of the aforementioned issues were brought up were in passing mentions in the satellite marches' accounts:
@SenSanders does this mean you are changing your opinion in GMOs? That is great. Thanks for being pro science !— Science March - SEA (@SciMarchSeattle) January 27, 2017
(2/2) spreading scientific knowledge, development of vaccines and cures for diseases and cancer, forging interdisciplinary collaborations— March for Science LA (@march4sciencela) January 27, 2017
Apparently the main DC march Twitter account feels that Trump's executive order, LGBT issues and "econ justice" are more worthy of attention than vaccines, GMOs, and when life begins, which again is odd for a march that is supposedly dedicated to science.
7. The D.C. March for Science Twitter account gave a shout out to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who denies science.
And yet Sanders has been railing against GMOs despite the scientific consensus showing that GMOs are safe and beneficial. The Seattle march Twitter account at least had the intellectual honesty to call Sanders out on it; the main D.C. one has not. This certainly raises questions as to whether this is truly a march for science or if it's actually a march supporting left-wing causes under the banner of "science."
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