Earth Day March for Science (Victoria)
April 22, 2017
2PM - Music by Still Fools / Centennial Square
2:15PM - Opening Ceremony by Esquimalt Dancer & Singers
2:20PM - Featured speakers / Centennial Square
3:20PM - March leaves / Centennial Square
3:45PM - March arrives / BC Legislature
• to stand up for academic freedom and the right of all scientists to communicate their results freely.
• to support science and evidence-based politics and policy making.
• to demand that public support for research is based on scientific merit, not political agenda.
• to protect the right of EVERY person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science.
The Earth Day March for Science will take place on the unceded territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations!
Dr. Patrick von Aderkas
Plant Biologist at the University of Victoria
Dr. Jay Cullen
Chemical Oceanographer at the University of Victoria
Dr. Rebecca Warburton
Health Economist at the University of Victoria
Executive Director of the Professional Employees Association
FRIENDS AND SPONSORS
University of Victoria Faculty Association
University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS)
UVic Evidence for Democracy
Social Environmental Alliance (SEA)
Ancient Forest Alliance
Sierra Club, BC
The Planetary Society
Professional Employees Association
Women in Science
OUR GOALS - March for Science, Victoria BC
Scientists aim to better understand the world around us, translating knowledge to benefit humanity and our environment.
We stand up for all scientists, including those in academia, non-for-profit organizations, public service, and private industry. All scientists must be allowed to communicate their results freely, without misrepresentation or distortion and without the fear of retribution.
Science is a process, not a product. Continued discovery enables us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge. Each answer generates new questions. Science allows us to examine societal and environmental questions more rationally. With it, we can craft policies and regulations that best serve our interests. Political decision-making that impacts lives must consider evidence and scientific consensus, and not only impulse, attitude, and popularity.
Public research funds must be distributed based on scientific merit, not on political agenda.
Science driven by curiosity has captivated humans for millennia. This curiousity was and continues to be the basis for dramatic changes in the way we live and think. As a society, we must support the breadth of independent basic science to allow for the next breakthrough.
Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are critical to ensuring that science reaches its full potential and serves all communities. We protect the right of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science.