San Diego, California
Many of you might have heard about the March for Science taking place in Washington DC and other cities around the world this Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd.
For those of you already planning on attending, good on you! However, if you’re on the fence about it, please take a moment to consider attending.
This is not about “us” as scientists marching to vocalize our frustration. This march isn’t even really about “us”. This demonstration is really for anyone, any human, that is alive today, vocalizing their outrage or simply demonstrating their support for science. There are people in this world who are encroaching on our right to explore, to learn, and expand our understanding. And that is absolutely unacceptable.
In almost every facet of our lives, “science” has given us, our species, something. Whatever it is, whatever object you hold in your hand, has a story. Where it came from, and how it got to you, or you to it, is only part of that story. Its history is also part of that story. Your computer/smartphone/tablet is not a single object created out of nothing. No magic wand was waved. It is the culmination of thousands of people hours, from conception to manufacturing. Trial, error, patience, and perseverance. Even the extraction of the resources and the fabrication of its components are part of its history.
The history of objects isn’t limited to our technical innovations either. Take, for example, an apple. Keep in mind, modern apples are a product of domestication; human’s way of preferentially selecting traits to either be expressed or suppressed. We now can enjoy apples of seemingly endless varieties any time of the year, in almost every corner of the world. For better or for worse, science enabled this now common-place commodity.
So please, if raising your voice is your thing, please join us on Saturday in whatever capacity makes you feel comfortable. Let the world know that we stand together.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro
Until next time,
-Baron von Urchin
Pike Spector is currently a Research Operations Specialist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary