Caitríona is a scientist turned science educator who is passionate about creatively engaging people with science.
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I will join the March for Science on Saturday, April 22nd.
“Why?” is a question that I never grew out of asking. Children, from a young age, are extremely curious about the world around them. Unfortunately, many grow up and leave this curiosity behind. Maybe this is because being curious can be time consuming or maybe it’s because it isn’t valued in our societies and cultures today. After all, it might not get you a mortgage approval.
To me, curiosity is the backbone of science. Science has helped to nourish my curiosity for the world around me. As a famous scientist once said: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”. I think we’re all lucky that Einstein didn’t discover he could eat fire and run off to join the circus. Phew.
Science is a way of testing an idea or theory to find out if it’s true or possible. It can lead to even bigger questions or point you in a direction that might never have been conceivable in the first place. It has no agenda. It doesn’t support particular social or political views. It gathers evidence to advise us on the best practices in areas such as environment, health and technology. It is connected to everything and everyone. It helps to answer the everyday burning questions such as: Where do babies come from? Why are there so many colours in a rainbow? Why is tea the solution to every problem? How do birds fly? Why did that dress appear white and gold?
This is why science continues to blow my mind. It is connected to economics, politics, art, sport, travel and even your cup of morning coffee. It has helped to solve some of the largest of problems: kick starting the repair of the hole in the ozone layer; finding a vaccine to some of the world’s most threatening diseases; and helping to identify the guilty in the most controversial legal cases.
Where would we be without science? Sitting in a cave surrounded by our own filth? I don’t know, but what I do know is that we would not be here. So what is at stake if the current political trend of condemning science and scientific evidence continues? The answer to that question is one that terrifies me. Could humans become responsible for our own demise?
To prevent this from ever happening we must all unite to support and celebrate science as a focal point within our societies and cultures. Science needs everyone to connect with it so that the benefits can be felt by all.
This is why I will March for Science on Saturday, April 22nd. Please join me!