The Idaho March for Science—taking place on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Idaho State Capitol—will be one of 425 satellite marches around the world. These marches are in conjunction with the primary March for Science, held at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
The goal of the march is to, “communicate public support for science informed policies and communicate public support for science standards in schools,” according to Erin Murray, alumni and March for Science volunteer coordinator.
According to Murray, this march is a non-partisan statement from people who care about science.
“We are trying to convey with the speaker line up how important science is to society. The stories will have the punch line of #becauseofscience,” Murray said.
Shaina Cohen, first year Ph.D. student in geosciences and March for Science logistical coordinator, hopes people from all demographics attend the march. Cohen hopes the attendance will be upward of 1,500 people.
“I want people of all ages, all races—I would love to see a lot of kids there. I strongly believe the future of science is with our children,” Cohen said.
Cohen is personally concerned about the science standards in schools and said her real passion is teaching.
“There have been different organizations that have been defunded—or threatened to be defunded—which makes me nervous about the future,” Cohen said.
According to Murray, the plan is to collect attendees’ information, as well as their legislative concerns, to send to local legislators.
“Us compiling everyone’s voice is one of the post-march objectives,” Murray said.
“I want people to get excited about science,” Cohen said. “After the march, I want to keep the momentum going.”
For more information, visit the March for Science website or the Idaho March for Science Facebook page.