March for Science -- April 22, 2017

We encourage everyone to review the Principles and Goals of the March and to decide if you wish to participate. While AGI will not be officially endorsing the March for Science, we are providing information on the March events for AGI member organizations, should any of you decide to participate. See below for information from the event organizers, resources offered by AGI member organizations, and AGI's full statement on the March:

March for Science Events and Resources

From the March for Science event page:

Start: Washington D.C., North of Washington Monument, Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th street. Not in DC? Click here for information on the various satellite marches.
  • 8:00am: Grounds open.
  • 9:00am: Teach-ins start.
  • 10:00am: Main stage rally program begins.
  • 2:00pm: March begins!

From the American Association of Geographers (AAG):

AAG posted their Schedule for the March for Science on Monday, April 17.

9:00 am – 6:30 pm: The AAG Meridian Place Office in Washington, D.C. (1710 16th Street NW) will be open as a gathering place and information center for geographers participating in the March. We will have coffee and refreshments available for marchers throughout the day.

From the American Geophysical Union (AGU):

AGU has a March for Science toolkit for members and non-members alike. Due to the ongoing AGU building renovation, AGU will not serve as a rallying point for the March; you are encouraged to go to the AAAS headquarters (see below).

From the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT):

NAGT has collected March for Science resources on their website, including ideas for signs and activities and a March-dedicated email discussion group for NAGT members.

From the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP):

If any SVP member is participating in the March for Science in any locality, SVP has some logos for signs and t-shirts that are free to SVP members. If any SVP member is interested, they should contact Emily Rayfield at E.Rayfield@bristol.ac.uk for the website link and password.

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

Check out the Force for Science website for a complete list of AAAS resources and events.

The AAAS building (1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20005) will be serving as a rallying spot for interested scientists the morning of the March. The building will be open starting at 8:00 a.m. AAAS is expecting a full house and is delighted to be hosting 5 additional societies to help represent the diversity of science that will be on display throughout the day. While those groups are now confirmed, AAAS welcomes others to attend in the audience if you wish, and if you have a formal representative planning to attend, please let Mona Miller (mmiller@aaas.org) know so AAAS can recognize you verbally that day.

From the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):

NSTA is planning an active presence at the DC March. Read the NSTA statement and sign up to March with NSTA here.

Statements from AGI Member Organizations

*Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America is an AGI member society.

AGI Statement

The following statement is attributable to Allyson Anderson Book, Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI):

“As AGI’s Executive Director, I truly value and respect the diverse array of skills and opinions within the geoscience community. All of us are united in our commitment to the geosciences and we understand the vital contributions that the geosciences make to society. As geoscientists we are in a unique position to provide accurate science-based information to policy makers about the Earth, its natural resources and hazards, and interactions between people and the natural environment. It is vitally important that our science thrives and our voices are heard.

For the past 25 years, AGI, through its Geoscience Policy program, has facilitated communication between geoscientists and federal policy makers in Congress and the Administration. We work, often in close collaboration with broader coalitions and groups, to promote policies that support geoscience education and research, and to expand the appropriate use of accurate geoscience information in decision making. We strive to be a respected, nonpartisan source of information that reflects the breadth and depth of the geosciences, and to broker open, respectful communication between different sectors of the geoscience community, and between geoscientists, decision makers, and the public, regardless of political or other affiliations.

The upcoming March for Science, which will take place in about 400 locations around the globe on Earth Day, April 22, has generated a range of responses from the geoscience community. As an organization founded to represent this community, AGI is not taking a position on the March. Many of our member societies have made their own decisions on this: I value the thought that they have put into their decisions, and I understand and respect the choices that they have made.

I encourage everyone to review the Principles and Goals of the March and to decide if you wish to participate. While we will not be officially endorsing the March for Science, we are providing information on the March events for AGI member organizations, should any of you decide to participate. You may also want to consider year-round opportunities to engage with policy makers and the public to raise awareness of the importance of science, and geoscience in particular. You can find information on some of these opportunities from AGI’s Geoscience Policy & Critical Issues and Earth Science Week programs, and from many of our member societies.”

 
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