Saturday, April 22 is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, so it seems fitting that tens of thousands of people are planning to take to the streets to show their support for science. Let’s hope that the Science marches can generate the kind of enthusiasm and results that flowed from the first Earth Day:
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”
Let’s make it work in Alabama! Without the “science” that continues to send people into space, Huntsville might still be best known as the “Watercress City” and not the “Rocket City.” Without the “science” that tracks weather patterns, storms, and water quality, Mobile might not be a vibrant tourist destination and port city. Without the “science” that proved the dangers of dirty air and uncovered the cures for diseases, Birmingham might still be covered in noxious smog and without a prestigious medical research university.
Science has meant a lot to Alabama. Let’s show our support. The main march is in Washington, DC, but there are numerous satellite marches across the country – and the world. Here are the marches planned in Alabama:
- Auburn: Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 450 E. Thatch Ave., Auburn. 10:00-1:30. Speakers begin at 10am, with the march beginning at 11am. Learn more.
- Birmingham: Event begins at 9:30am in Linn Park, with information booths & tables staffed by march organizers and community partners. Speakers begin at 11am and march begins at noon. Learn more.
- Huntsville: Event begins at 1pm at Shelbie King Hall on the UAH campus. March 1.3 miles to the US Space & Rocket Center. Learn more.
- Mobile: 10:30 am Bienville Square, Downtown Mobile. Learn more.
- Montgomery: Oak Park, 1010 Forest Avenue on April 22, 2017 10 am-2 pm. Learn more.
These are non-partisan, family-friendly events where all are welcome. Check out these sign guidelines and suggestions from the Huntsville march organizers.