Calls For Evidence-Based Policies At March For Science

Olive Hawkins
April 15, 2018

The All India People's Science Network and the Breakthrough Science Society, two non-government organisations which have scientists from academic institutions among its members, said the march was aimed to demonstrate resistance to government's "apathy and disdain for science".

In more than 230 cities around the world - from Durban, South Africa to Washington DC and Sydney, Australia as well as Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany - marchers and demonstrators turned out for the second annual March for Science.

In Frankfurt, according to police, about 500 people took part in protests, less than the 2,000 who had been expected.

She says thanks to the federal government's multibillion-dollar investment into scientific research across Canada, it's the ideal time to celebrate the investment while also asking for more support to tackle big problems such as climate change and increase the number of jobs in the scientific community. Making sure that the education system does not impart ideas that contradict scientific evidence and to enact policies based on scientific evidence was also a part of their demands. Education should not be limited to scientists, she said.

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"We really want lasting change".

At a public meeting after the march, organisers read out messages from geneticist M.S. Swaminathan and former Anna University Vice-Chancellor M. Anandakrishnan.

Many speakers directed their ire toward the President and the Republican party, voicing their opposition to budget proposals by the Trump administration that would cut billions from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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