By Anastasia Salazar
Date of Event: April 14, 2017
It was a nice breezy day, filled with joy as hundreds of passionate individuals gathered at Thorpe Park in Flagstaff, Arizona for science. On this beautiful Saturday at 2 p.m., I went on an adventure with some friends to the March for Science event that began at the park mentioned above and ended at the City Council. To be honest, I tagged along with my friends to see what this event was all about.
I had no clue what it meant when people were yelling, “What do we want? Evidence-based action. When do we want it? After peer-review!”. I was so lost in the commotion, however at the end, I went to experience what it would be like to protest in which many others were inspired about. My main question was: Why would hundreds of individuals be marching for science?
Well later on that day I discovered from a speech that all across the country thousands of individuals are fighting for science because board members and the government officials have been diminishing not only the funds for science, however the idea of it. Many activists at this march were outraged at the fact that they had to march for pure facts.
The idea behind this march was to showcase that people care about what science has done for society as a whole. It has provided the world with protection, communication, learning, and growing yet the government and states seem to degrade it by objecting pure facts and cutting funds. Many of the individuals who spoke at this event were upset at the fact that leaders of America were making science political when science stands on its own.
Without science, we would not have such an advanced society where people can live longer and be healthier. This march signifies how close-knitted Flagstaff is to the bases of what science is. This event brought together fellow students and scientists to fight for a wonderful cause. I am glad I participated with friends to experience the passion people feel towards science and would do it again.