Scientists and those who support science are planning a march on Washington DC, in opposition to a culture of ‘alternative facts’ and in support of evidence-based policy. Never before has an evidence and fact-based approach been more critical to our environment, society, and culture. We believe that this message is as relevant in Ireland as it is in the US, and so we are joining satellite marches around the world in a show of solidarity to our American friends and colleagues, but also to highlight the importance of science in Ireland.
Without international collaboration, scientific research will not thrive. Without an understanding and appreciation of the scientific process, ‘alternative facts’ will continue to dictate policy. Without freedom to communicate and collaborate, researchers will be less equipped to tackle big issues like climate change, antibiotic resistance, and food sustainability.
We are organising this march to celebrate the diversity of people who work in science, and to safeguard the organisations, teams and individuals that conduct, communicate, and support science and evidence-based policy.