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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The March for Science

Yes, today there is yet ANOTHER March.  But today we don't march for women's rights.  We don't march in protest of unequal pay.  We don't march in opposition.  Today we march for our planet.  Today we march in support of the scientific evidence that shows the devastating effects that bad energy policy and dangerous environmental policy has on climate change and our planet.

Today's event organizers have coined the march as

"the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments."

Is this really the "first step"?  I think not.  Many of us have been working towards stabilizing climate change, support of restrictions on big coal and oil, and taking steps to lower our impact for years (decades even).  But this is certainly a revitalization of the movement.  A chance for people from all parties, all beliefs, and all stages in environmentalism to come together to say (or yell) that SCIENCE MATTERS.  

Annnnnd, it's raining.  What better way to celebrate Earth Day and the March for Science with a bit of rain.  Pouring.  Drenching.  Thunder Booming.  Lightning Flashing.  Yeah, no thanks.  We did the Women's March in the pouring rain and I'd just like to say "I'm Sorry" to the organizers of the March for Science because I just can't do another march in the rain.  Especially with three kids.  

**if you DO want to march, here is a site that has lists of satellite marches in the U.S.  This website also offers a Virtual March for those who cannot make it to a physical march**


Thankfully, there are marches and rallies being held ACROSS THE WORLD today, so there are plenty of other supporters able to get their feet (dryly) on the ground.  So, I've developed a list...

Ways to participate without marching:


1. Wear Your Science Shirts and Support Clothes.  Support the cause by looking the part!  People will see you at the grocery store or out about town with your Earth Day shirt and know that you support the movement.
2. Post your Support on Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, etc.  That's right, posting that you support the movement will help to add your voice to the larger masses who were able to get out and march.
3. Add you name to the "list".  Most protests have online registries where you can add your attendance to a list.  Even if you cannot go to your local march because of rain, health issues, or other concerns, add you name to the attendance list so that organizers can account for your support.  Numbers matter! 
4. Talk to your Children.  I'm going to use the day to discuss Climate Change, the importance of Science in research, and the role that Science should play in politics.  I'm going to tell them what the day is about and I'm going to makes sure they recognize it's importance.
5. Share stories of important moments and people within the movement.  My favorite story is about Al Gore.  Yeah, that sounds kinda strange, but I still remember when he was Vice President (and my kids recognize his name from their school learning) and then after running against Bush in the 2000's election he went on to become one of the pivotal political figureheads in Climate Change policy.  Check out his book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change here: 



6. Thank those that did march.  We need to maintain the connections we have with our allies and make sure that they know their impact on our movement.  Even if you weren't able to march, you should thank those that did for representing you.
7. Email, Call, and Send letters to my representatives.  I've got a long list of all my representatives and they will each get a letter, email, and phone call highlighting my opinions about the importance of science in making policy. 
8. I will hang a poster in my car.  That's right, I going to make a poster and put it in the back window of my SUV.  Everyone will know I'm there in spirit, an I will spread the word to all the people who drive behind me.
9. I'm going to read, read, read...  There are soooooo many articles coming out today and so many websites that are jumping on the bandwagon today.  I'm going to read them and find out the latest research. Here's a website I'm going to peruse that is a great resource for new information International Council for Science
10. I will read the articles, watch the news reports, and keep myself informed about the protest elsewhere.  Knowledge is power and I want to be part of the larger picture.  Staying informed is the best way to do that.



Want to do MORE?  Here is a list of ways you can 
Support the our planet EVERY day:

1. Reduce the Carbon Footprint of your Car. 
You can reduce your average MPG using these 4 habit changes:
- Accelerating slowly and smoothly
- Driving the speed limit
- Maintaining a steady speed
- Anticipating your stops and starts
Amazingly, keeping your tires properly inflated can save 400-700 lbs of CO2/year!  
And of course, drive your most efficient car as you commuting car.  Save the gas-guzzler for short trips and only use it when necessary.
2. Reduce your Travel Footprint.  
By simply following these suggestions:
- Carpool when you can
- Take mass transit (yes, that's what that bus is for, USE IT!)
- Bike where lanes and bike paths are provided (bonus: you'll get in great shape too!)
- Walk when you can
3. Reduce your Home Footprint.
- Program your thermostat to a higher temp in the summer and lower in the winter (this can save you a good bit of cash too!)
- Add weather proofing and weather stripping to insulate your home better.
- Invest in EnergyStar rated appliances
- Unplug things that are not in use
- Upgrade your windows (this will help keep your AC and Heat inside your home and the elements outside your home)
- Move to Solar power!  There are lots of great incentive programs out there!
4. Reduce your Office Footprint.
- Shut down your computer and monitor when not in use
- Print double sided (or not at all if it's not necessary!)
- Carpool to work with your coworkers
- Open the Windows and turn off the AC/Heat on nice days
- Turn off the lights
- Bring your own lunch in reusable containers
5. Reduce your Life Footprint.
- Buy locally (less travel time means your food has a smaller footprint)
- Eat less meat (vegetarians save roughly 3,000 lbs of CO2/year)
- Don't waste food (composting, eating leftovers, utilizing proportions, feed your pets with leftovers)
- Stop the junkmail (just imagine how much less waste your home would produce without Junkmail!)


Do you have other ideas?  Are you marching today?  How are you participating in today's Earth Day events?  Please share your RESPECTFUL comments below.


12 comments:

  1. Wow - this is a fantastic article! So many great way to get involved, help, do your part, and educate. Thanks for posting this. Tweeting it out now!

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    1. Thanks Zesty!! It's important for each of us to do our small part :)

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  2. I didn't go to the march, but I know lots of people who did. You've given lots of great advice on how we can make a difference on a daily basis. Because it isn't enough to just march. We have to personally take steps on a daily basis to make a difference.

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    1. YES! We have to each do something to make a difference on a daily basis. So True!

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  3. Very nice piece, I love to hear all the opinions on this!

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  4. As you said - I wouldn't call it the first step by any means, but it is definitely nice to see the movement gaining some more attention and traction!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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    1. Hopefully the movement just keeps growing!! We have to make it clear to the big-wigs in Washington that were are serious about protecting and helping our planet AND furthering scientific advancement!!

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  5. I'm hoping to get my March for Science posts up this week! It was my first time participating in a march/protest. I love your list on how we can help the plant every day :) I need to figure out how to stop my junk mail. I did it once, but we moved so I need to do it again.

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    1. I hope you enjoyed your first march! The first one is always the most memorable. Just remember that the fight isn't over! Keep marching in your heart and in your actions so that the real power of each of us is felt worldwide :)

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  6. I absolutely love this post -- thank you so much for sharing all of this amazing information! I am going to be looking into this a lot more. You shared so many wonderful ways to get involved and be more aware of the effect that you are having. Lately we have been trying to buy more local to support small business, but I love that it is helpful in other ways too!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post! It's important for each of us to do our own little part :)

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