National Mission: The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.
Our Goals for This March of Science
Contribute to Population Health of Memphis (Local)
“Tennessee does not get high marks for health. The state ranked 42nd in the 2014 America’s Health Rankings, an annual analysis of the health of the nation conducted by UnitedHealth Foundation.
The rate of obesity in Tennessee is 2.5 times the national average, said Rick Johnson, CEO of The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness. And 37 percent of residents report that they get no exercise.
Category by category, Tennessee ranked 44th in cardiovascular disease; 45th in cancer, poor physical health days and physical inactivity; 46th in preventable hospital stays; and 47th in smoking.
Even more troubling, Tennessee children have a lower life expectancy than that of their parents.”
See article: https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2015/jan/10/tennessees-health-problem/
See article related to improving population health in urban communities: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3618470/
Humanize science (National)
Science is first and foremost a human process -- it is conducted, applied, and supported by a diverse body of people. Scientific inquiry is not an abstract process that happens independent of culture and community. It is an enterprise carried out by people who seek to expand our knowledge of the world in the hope of building a better, more informed society.
Partner with the public (National)
We join together as scientists and supporters of science to embody the importance of partnerships formed between scientists and the broader community. Science works best when scientists share our findings with and engage the communities we serve in shaping, sharing, and participating in the research process. We also look to the public for inspiration about what new questions need to be asked about the world around us. The lines of communication must go in both directions. If scientists hope to discuss their work with the public, they must also listen to the public's thoughts and opinions on science and research. Progress can only be made by mutual respect.
Advocate for open, inclusive, and accessible science (National)
We strive to break down barriers in our own community. A career in science should be an option for anyone and everyone who is passionate about discovery. Likewise, the process and results of scientific inquiry should be open to all. Science can ably and accurately inform the decision-making of all people, from the choices we make as consumers to the policies we adopt through public debate. By bringing scientists to “teach-in” at the National Mall and in public spaces around the globe, we voice our support for science being freely available.
Support scientists (National)
We gather together to stand up for scientists, including those in public service. We pledge to speak up for them when they are silenced, to protect them when they are threatened and to provide them with support when they feel they can no longer serve their institutions. Scientists in both public and private sectors must be allowed to communicate their results freely, without misrepresentation or distortion and without the fear of retribution.
Affirm science as a democratic value (National)
Science is a vital feature of a working democracy, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people. By marching in Washington, DC and around the world, we take one of many steps to become more active in our communities and in democratic life. We hold our leaders -- both in science and in politics -- accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity. We gather together to send a message: we will all work to ensure that the scientific community is making our democracy stronger.