March for Science will occur on Saturday April 22nd in Dublin. It is a public demonstration of Ireland’s love of science as well as an opportunity to raise support for the science community on both a national and international level. The March for Science team have been collecting written testimonials from the Irish science community to encourage others to march. Science educator, Caitíona Buggle gives her perspective in the film below.
The Mach has been organised to coincide with the March for Science in Washington DC which has been established due to the change in US presidential administration and their perceived anti-science policies which threaten scientific advancement and evidence based policy making. April 22nd is also World Earth Day. Of particular concern for the science community is the US administration’s anti-climate change stance. An example of this is Donald Trump‘s appointment of climate change sceptic Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency
The March in Dublin is celebratory as well as political. The demonstration aims to raise awareness for more international scientific collaboration and evidence based policy making. They also want the day to serve as a celebration of all those who work in science in Ireland be that in industry, teaching, communication or anyone who embeds science in the Irish culture.