MARCH FOR SCIENCE SATELLITE EVENT PLANNED FOR SPRINGFIELD
A March For Science satellite march and rally have been planned for downtown Springfield beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Earth Day, April 22. Rain or shine, participants will congregate in Jenny Lincoln Park on the corner of Harrison and South Street and will march up South Street to Park Central Square. There, keynote speaker Dr. Pamela Gay, Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, will address the crowd.
Other speakers include Missouri House Representative Crystal Quade, Brandon Bond of the People’s Climate Movement, Robert Powers of the Professor Powers Science Symposium, Vicke Kepling of the Peace Network of the Ozarks, Justin Thomas of NatureCITE, and Jennifer Connor of the Sierra Club.
The March for Science is an international movement, taking place because of the simultaneous realization by people who value science in their lives, that a call to support and safeguard the scientific community is both necessary and urgent. This movement is led by volunteer organizers (scientists, science enthusiasts, and citizens) distributed around the globe and Springfield is home to one of over 400 satellite marches planned.
The mission statement reads, "The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest."
Eric Wells, the local lead organizer, is excited about the response. He says, “From our volunteers, to the marchers, to the numerous organizations that have expressed interest, our community has responded so enthusiastically!”