A look at why people are marching for science today on Earth Day:
The mission of We Make HASTE is to make people aware of their impacts on the environment and to encourage constructive discussions about how to reduce these impacts quickly enough to achieve sustainability. The scientific process includes having constructive discussions. Policy makers who disregard science and fail to consider and address the implications of what science shows is happening to the planet are not conservative; they are dangerous. A truly conservative approach would be to apply scientific principles to determine and then take the steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of future generation, taking into account both the risks and uncertainties involved, from the impacts of current human activities. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where some key policy makers are unwilling to have reasonable constructive discussions that involve science that conflicts with their priorities. This is shortsighted. Scientists and historians understand that the challenges that we face will only get more difficult to solve when we procrastinate. As a result, scientists have concluded that they need to march.
Science and technology are the keys to improving standards of living while simultaneously working towards achieving sustainability. Let's use the keys that we have while we encourage the development of even more effective technology.