The Flood ventured to Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee for a march in support of science, and there was dire need. After proposed budgetary cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and NASA’s Office of Education (1), and President Trump’s overt denial of climate change, the march served as a way to retaliate and stand strongly in support of funding for the discipline.
As a group, we recognize the importance of scientific research and science education. It was impressive to see such a large turnout, and it was encouraging to see that so many Wisconsinites value what science does for society. We marched alongside scientists themselves, educators, and even children who enjoy the benefits of science education (or whose parents dragged them along). Fortunately, a sunny day allowed for comfortable walking weather, though we can’t thank science for that (yet).
We were excited to see that marches took place around the world, and we were proud to take part in something so massive. Science should not be a partisan issue, and we hope that marches like the one we attended will encourage the current presidential administration to value science in the same way that the American people do.
1 Kopan, Tal. “Here’s what Trump’s budget proposes to cut”. CNN Politics. Last modified March 16, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/politics/trump-budget-cuts/