Posted on April 24, 2022 at 12:43 a.m. by West Side Rag
By Scott Etkin
Chants of “Cite Your Sources!” could be heard Saturday afternoon at the entrance to Central Park on W. 72nd Street, as protesters gathered for the annual March for Science. After a series of speeches, the group passed through Central Park West and began the march from downtown to Bryant Park, escorted by NYPD officers.
The March for Science is a non-profit organization that organizes events around the world to support free public access to scientific information, the use of science for the common good and the protection of human rights. man and the environment.
In the aftermath of Earth Day, the speeches focused on climate justice and the need to respond urgently to the climate crisis. For example, this year’s report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognized the danger to ecosystems and humans in the near term unless there are significant reductions in fossil fuel emissions. In the coming years.
On its website, the March for Science calls on New York City to: “stop the expansion and future construction of fossil fuel infrastructure,” “achieve climate goals without opening new prisons,” and “investing in communities by supporting infrastructure and green spaces.”
Activist Saad Amer, co-founder of the organization Plus1Vote, spoke about the importance of voting in this year’s midterm elections for leaders who will act to ensure a “livable future” – instead of making empty promises.
The March for Science movement began in 2017 in response to the Trump administration. Today’s speakers underlined the need to defend science, no matter who is in power.
“Science is political, not partisan,” said Alyssa Shearer, a biomedical researcher at Columbia University and co-director of NYC Walk for Science programming. She said politics influences the direction of science and how it shapes policy, but “every party can promote science.”
For the past two years, the NYC Walk for Science has been held as a virtual event due to the pandemic. This year was a sunny day for an outdoor event. They chanted, “This is what democracy looks like!”