The Trump Administration should get ready for a new round of demonstrators outside their doorstep.
The March for Science is being planned for this next Saturday, while the Saturday after that will see the People’s Climate March descend on Washington, D.C.
These marches have similar goals, with both seeking to confront facets of the Trump Administration’s refusal to accept climate science as legitimate.
Trump himself, for instance, has announced plans to inflict massive cuts on science programs across the federal government, while simultaneously sending the past work of these science programs up in flames by way of cutting environmental protection regulations left and right. Trump’s team claims that cutting regulations in this fashion will create jobs because manufacturing production will be able to be increased in many cases, but that’s like how to be shortsighted 101.
If we destroy the planet, then how on earth are we supposed to sustain in these jobs that Trump magically makes appear?
Trump, remaining undeterred, has literally proposed that the Environmental Protection Agency be shrunk by around a third, with that money re-directed to the military and towards the construction of that godforsaken U.S./ Mexico border wall. It’s like Trump literally wants to destroy the world.
Thankfully, Trump’s proposed cuts to the EPA and other related agencies have to be at least in part approved by Congress, so we’re at least somewhat safe for now.
As Virgina’s U.S. Rep. Don Beyer — who serves on on the House Science Committee — commented to The Hill of the issue with the Trump Administration and environmental and climate science: “For me, it’s a matter of remembering the larger picture. This won’t last forever and we need to keep people’s spirits up, and keep good research being done.”
Still, even if the Trump Administration won’t last forever, we have work to do to make sure that the impacts of the administration are kept in check.
With that in mind, the March for Science will take place this Saturday in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of satellite marches around the country. The event is being billed as a non-partisan effort, and is modeled after the hugely successful Women’s March on Washington, which was held the day after Trump’s Inauguration.
On the other hand, next week’s People’s Climate March is being billed as a more directly partisan event. Lindsay Meiman, a spokeswoman for 350.org, described the differences between the two marches to The Hill by saying: “The March for Science is about recognizing this truth, and the People’s Climate March is about acting on it.”
The People’s Climate March is apparently being “pitched as the sequel to a 2014 New York climate march that drew 400,000 people and ranks as one of the largest single protests in U.S. history.”
The march was planned before Election Day 2016; however, understandably, the People’s Climate March was given more of an impetus following the election of Donald Trump.
As Meiman from 350.org, who is helping steer the People’s Climate March, commented to The Hill:
‘After Donald Trump was elected, we understood it was more important than ever to come together to take action around both pushing back against this administration … [and] putting forward a vision for transitioning off fossil fuels.’
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