March for Science - Santa Fe, NM
Our Mission Statement
Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs. With its focus on deep and fundamental understanding of our world and how it works, a scientific approach to problem solving will continue to be crucial in addressing the challenges we face today and for generations to come. We speak up now because these values are currently at risk due to new policies that threaten to restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.
To stand in support of science is not a partisan act but rather an acknowledgement that our understanding of the world becomes deeper, stronger, and more useful when we scientifically test our hypotheses about the world. Scientific discoveries restart our hearts, cure and diagnose our diseases, lengthen our lives with antibiotics, X-ray our bones, deliver our electricity, enable our GPS, stream our music and movies, capture photographs of our children, and connect us to each other across the country and across the globe. None of this would be possible without science or the scientists in New Mexico and around the world who continue to bring us life-changing discoveries.
The March for Science - Santa Fe will include educational and entertaining speakers from northern New Mexico science organizations and local schools, as well as science-oriented booths, exhibits, and activities. We'll gather at 10 a.m. in the Plaza and March at 10:30 to the Capitol. The Rally begins at 11 a.m. on the east side of the Capitol and will be followed by an fun science expo. The rally will feature inspirational speakers who will offer ways to support science.
The National March for Science and its platform can be found at marchforscience.com and local issues, ideas, and details for Santa Fe and northern New Mexico can be found at facebook.com/marchforscienceSFNM .
March for Science - Santa Fe is raising money to support the cost of our event. This is entirely a grassroots movement, and your donation goes only to support the Santa Fe movement. We will neither receive nor give money to the national March for Science, and we have no official financial support from any organization. We are not a federally recognized non-profit organization at this time.
The funds we raise will be used to finance expenses associated with safety, equipment, communications, liability—only those things that we cannot or will not receive via direct donation. Some examples of costs will include a first aid tent, all supplies to support the science booths, sound equipment, stage, restrooms, advertising, seating for the elderly and disabled, and so on.
We thank you so much for your consideration. Events like these happen when the community comes together to speak out, working hard in order to make voices heard. Our team is entirely volunteer, and is entirely based in Northern New Mexico. We're scientists and science lovers, working full time jobs in science. We're proud of what we do, proud of New Mexico, and thankful for your support.
Any amount helps!
With sincere thanks,
Lead Organizer, March for Science Santa Fe
Hi Elizabeth, and thanks for your questions! I'll try to answer them all here. First, I've just added a new sentence that lists some of the specific expenses that our event will incur, which I hope gives a better picture of what the money itself will be used for. Regarding politics, we've chosen the words carefully: this event is non-partisan, but it is nevertheless political. The frustrating truth is that speaking out for science and a scientific worldview *is* somehow, bizarrely, political. However, it need not be partisan! Public funding for science research and education comes from across the government's agencies, both at the national, state, and local levels. Similarly, efforts to deny science and scientific consensus have emerged from various leaders on both sides of the aisle, and from independents too. The national March for Science movement has written cogently about these issues here: marchforscience.com/mission/. We'll continue to work on the speaker list over the next 6 weeks, and these updates will be posted on our Facebook page facebook.com/MarchForScienceSFNM and on our soon-to-be-launched website! Stay tuned!
Hi- you still did not explain why this march is needed and what the money raised will be used for. For someone in science for 18 years, it does seem very politically driven to me, although you say it is not. Also, who are the speakers and what will be the theme of the march?