This Earth Day, we can prove that knowledge is powerful.
IFAW is proud to partner with Earth Day Network in support of the March for Science on April 22, a day of action and education on the National Mall in Washington, DC and in cities around the world. Even if you don’t wear a lab coat or peer into a microscope for your day job, we would love to see you there, making your voice heard on behalf of Planet Earth.
The goals of this important event are highlighted in the Marchers Pledge “to work together to share and highlight the contributions of science, to work to make the practice of science more inclusive, accessible and welcoming so it can serve all of our communities, and to ensure that scientific evidence plays a pivotal role in setting policy in the future.”
Here at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we know that good science is inseparable from effective conservation and animal welfare outcomes. IFAW’s scientists and other staff put their knowledge to work in many different ways to protect wildlife. We rescue stranded whales from beaches, study the effects of climate change on elephant behavior, help law enforcement agents crack down on international trafficking of rhino horn and pangolin scales, and much, much more.
To be blunt, some leaders in Washington are pushing an anti-science agenda that severely undermines America’s status as a world leader. The White House’s proposed budget contains massive cuts to nearly every major science-based agency and program, targeting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and more. President Trump’s new executive order on climate change also amounts to a fierce attack on science and the environment.
An emboldened retrograde bloc in Congress, meanwhile, has spent the last few years in a race to the bottom, slashing NASA spending on earth science, vowing to eliminate the Endangered Species Act, and introducing bill after bill to undercut the role of objective analysis in policymaking. Just last week, the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology even claimed that the field’s premier publication, Science, “is not known as an objective article or magazine.”
The United States put men on the moon and a rover on Mars, but now we’re in serious danger of cutting strong science programs out of our classrooms here on Earth.
We need to get back to basics – and there’s no better place to act than in America’s front yard, the National Mall.
If you are interested in joining the IFAW staff and supporters at the events email us at email@example.com (Washington, DC) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Boston, MA). We look forward to seeing you there.
Article source: IFAW