“I believe one of the greatest dangers in modern society is the possible resurgence and expansion of the ideas of thought control; such ideas as Hitler had, and Stalin in his time, or in the Catholic religion in the Middle Ages. . . . . .”
“I think that one of the greatest dangers is that this shall increase until it encompasses all of the world”
These prophetic words were spoken by Richard P. Feynman at the Galileo Institute in 1964. Feynman, a Nobel prize-winning physicist, was noted for his seminal work in quantum mechanics and particle physics. The dangers he described in his 1964 talk have probably never been more under siege as they are today
Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk. It is time for people who support science to take a public stand and be counted.
People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.
The March For Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and government. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely.
Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.