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Wash. State Marchers: 'Science Does Not Have an Ideology'

Marchers are gathering in White Salmon and other Washington cities on Saturday to show their support for science. (LilGangstaBoy/Wikimedia Commons)
Marchers are gathering in White Salmon and other Washington cities on Saturday to show their support for science. (LilGangstaBoy/Wikimedia Commons)
April 21, 2017

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – Marchers in cities big and small across the nation this Saturday say the evidence is clear: It's time to stand up for science.

Although organizers of the March for Science are trying to steer the marches away from politics, many in the scientific community are concerned about the new administration's denial of evidence for man-made climate change and its silencing of federal scientists and national park employees.

The main march will be in Washington, D.C., but many smaller sister marches will be held in Washington state.

Michael Oldfather is helping organize the event in White Salmon.

"Science does not have ideology," he says. "It is finding the truth of the world we live in, and we're never going to solve the big problems that face us when we don't have this critical thinking skill of using the science to solve the problems we have."

More than a dozen March for Science events are happening across the state, in major cities as well as smaller ones, including Port Angeles, Pullman and Yakima. Many will include family-friendly activities, such as science fairs to promote the importance of science.

The marches also coincide with Earth Day.

Oldfather says protestors at the Women's March earlier this year have sustained a movement locally, and he hopes the March for Science can inspire the same sort of activity in the area. He also hopes the march will inspire young people.

"We want to really show the younger generation how much our community supports science and the scientific endeavors, and encourage kids to go into STEM-type activities," he added.

The National March for Science website also says the march is not political. It notes a nationwide trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and asks, "Can we afford not to speak out in [science's] defense?"

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - WA