New York Daily News Science marchers aim to convince Trump climate change is real by Jillian Jorgensen

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Science marchers aim to convince Trump climate change is real
Jillian Jorgensen

Scientists are ditching their labs and taking to the streets Saturday — with marches planned in New York City and Washington aimed at protecting the public funding of science.

Among those marching in Manhattan is Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side), a computer scientist by trade — who hopes the marches sway scientists to run for office.

“It would be nice not to be the only nerd in government,” quipped Kallos.

The President holds some, er, scientifically questionable beliefs.The President holds some, er, scientifically questionable beliefs. (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)

The councilman said he’d like to see the federal government recognize climate change is real — a dig at President Trump’s policies on the issue.

The importance of Earth Day’s March for Science

“I would like to see a government that makes decisions based on science and measures the results of those decisions,” he said.

A protester dressed as U.S. president Donald Trump pretends to play golf with the Earth during the Earth Day 'March For Science NYC' demonstration to coincide with similar marches globally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2017.

While Trump’s planned budget cuts and disdain for climate science may have precipitated the march, its local organizers stressed the event won’t be partisan.

“Myself as a scientist, I look at the problems now and it’s not just something that happened out of the blue,” organizer Jill Dvornik, a neuroscientist who conducts stem cell disease modeling, said, noting a growing “distrust” for science from the public on issues like genetically modified crops, climate and vaccines.

Councilman Ben Kallos hopes the event inspires more scientists to enter public service.Councilman Ben Kallos hopes the event inspires more scientists to enter public service. (ALEC TABAK/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“There’s just so much misinformation, a lot of people just don't know who to believe, they don’t know who to trust, and I think it’s time for scientists to evolve,” she said, urging them to get out of their labs and into the public sphere.

Fellow organizer Mutale Nkonde, with Black Girls Who Code, cited years of federal cuts to science going back to the 1960s.

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The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.


In addition to scientists by trade, the Manhattan march will feature “citizen scientists,” Nkonde said — like a public school parent who noticed the plastic foam trays used to serve her child lunch and was inspired to start a nonprofit.

“She’s speaking about learning about science because you see something terrible happening, like plastic ending up in the ocean, and learning what that means led her to change the path of her life,” Nkonde said.

The group’s march will coincide with Car Free Day, held in conjunction with Earth Day. The group will march down Central Park West, around Columbus Circle and onto Broadway.