On Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of scientists got together and did something scientists rarely do — they spoke with one unified voice. That voice said science is vitally important to the health of our communities, the strength of our economies, the security of our nations and the soundness of our policies, and we should increase, not cut, public investment in research.
In a group of professional skeptics, such unanimous agreement as was on display in 600 cities around the world is extremely rare, and I’m so glad some of these voices were Elsevier employees.
The message seems to have been heard on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where the recent budget resolution included $2 billion in additional funding for the National Institutes of Health.
It wasn't all serious business, though; we had plenty of fun. Our Cell Press colleagues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had T-shirts printed up and a sign-making party.
After making some brilliant signs (see below), they joined the Harvard & MIT group for the march to Boston Common. One marcher of unknown affiliation was a woman, several months pregnant, who wore a shirt that read "Meiosis: results may vary."
In Washington, DC, Ann Gabriel and I marched with some colleagues from the Copyright Clearance Center who had printed stickers that read "Facts Matter." Then I set out to document the more obscure and nerdy messages on display.
In contrast to protests you may have heard about involving black-clad youth throwing bricks, this event skewed significantly towards professional scientists, not professional protestors.
These two cryptic messages have me intrigued. Can you figure out what they mean? (If you can, clue me in, please!)
Speaking of Cell Press, how cool are these t-shirts! I want one!
These folks were doing some science education about Maxwell's Equations, which explain the relationship between electricity and magnetism.
This woman brought some science data to the science march, LIKE A SCIENCE BOSS.
Of course we had to have a Pluto Truther in the crowd.
Overall, this woman best summed up the feelings of the crowd.
More on the CrossTalk blog
Read more about Cell Press in the science marches on the CrossTalk blog.