Support Free Science on Earth Day, April 22
The March for Science was a series of marches and rallies held in Munich, Germany, Washington, D.C. and over 600 cities across the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The march was a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives.
The March for Science in Munich on April 22 ended with a closing rally at Siegestor, where various speakers spoke under the motto“For Free Science and Facts-Based Policy.” The organizers called upon scientists and citizens to take to the streets and jointly stand up for the values and endurance of evidence-based and free science. “With the March for Science, we want to focus attention on science and its achievements,” said Randolph Caldwell, who organized the Munich March for Science. “Everyone who is concerned about the careful distinction between verified facts and personal opinion is invited to take part in this worldwide demonstration for research and science.”
Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society in Munich explains: “We are living in a time when things which had been self-evident are suddenly being questioned. The freedom of science is being questioned internationally – this is also the case in Europe. And although science in the 21st century – in the face of urgent global challenges such as climate change, the preservation of biodiversity, or the fight against infectious diseases – is more important than ever, we feel that evidence-based knowledge is increasingly under pressure. This is unacceptable not only for science, but also for civil societies. We have a responsibility. The March for Science is the opportunity to make this responsibility visible”.
To find out more about the Science March in Munich movement visit them on Facebook or on the March for Science Germany Website which contains contains other interesting tidbits such as this theory about why Fön and its ilk affect people’s moods: ions created by winds may prompt changes in emotional states .