They are your mothers, your sisters, your daughters and your friends. They are housewives, lawyers, doctors, scientists and artists. They represent everyone who feels that their voice is being muted or devalued.

When, where and who?

On January 21st, 2017, the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the USA, more than 500 protests took place around the globe. Aside from more than 350 marches in the US, 161 ‘sister marches’ took place in another 61 countries, on all 7 continents (yes, even in Antarctica).

The greatest statistic of all is that nearly double the amount of people showed up for the Women’s March (est 500,000) than Trump’s inauguration (est 275,000). An estimated 2.9 million people marched in the US, making it the biggest single day protest in US history, with almost 2 million more around the globe.

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Women's March Women’s March. Credit: Twitter @ Davidmackau

What were they protesting?

Women, and a percentage of men, took to the streets fighting for the defence of human rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, racial equality, freedom of religion and the natural environment.

They shouted in protest of Donald Trump, a man whose campaign had been plagued by racism, misogyny, political incorrectness and threats to immigrants, amongst other things.

Who was there for environmental concerns?

A coalition of environmental groups provided many marchers from Climate Parents, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, the Women’s Environment & Development Organization, and the People’s Climate Movement.

trump tweet chinaWhy were they marching for the natural environment?

Fears that environmental threats under Trump are becoming a reality, as he clamps down on the Environmental Protection Agency, stripping funding and forbidding them from tweeting facts on social media. Many of the environmental scientists have gone rogue, in order to protect the general public from a President who calls climate change a ‘Chinese hoax’, believes there is such a thing as clean coal and wants to increase the percentage of fossil fuels being used!

After Trump’s propaganda team began telling overt lies to the media and calling them ‘alternative facts’, people have been comparing the current situation to the Orwellian nightmare of ‘1984’. The rogue scientists are employees of NASA, the EPA, the National Parks Service and more, and have been setting up Twitter accounts with names such as ‘AltEPA’ and ‘AltNASA’ to get the truth out there. These people, who have had restrictions placed on their freedom to share information, are being called ‘resistance teams’.

One of the eight unity principles of the Women’s March was ‘Environmental Justice’, as explained here:

“We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed — especially at the risk of public safety and health.”

What next for scientists?

After everything that has happened regarding the treatment of scientists and the use of ‘alternative facts’, the science community is up in arms, determined to make themselves heard. Science marches are being planned all around the world, with the US and UK both in a critical point of history for their endangered scientists.

Those who will be marching in defence of the natural environment shared this list of reasons why on a website called ‘Scientists March On Washington’:

  • 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 threatens not only the environment of which humans are a part, but America itself.
  • Scientific research in the United States is underfunded.
  • Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality.

If being rich and powerful means you can overrule science, we have an incredible issue with the education and value systems on this planet.

If you’d like to ‘March for Science’, find out more here:

http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience

https://twitter.com/ScienceMarchDC