Local March for Science blasts off on Saturday


Those who have been keeping track of the Colorado Springs March for Science know it has run into a few roadblocks, but thanks to local support and some quick work by passionate organizations, the rally is a go.

Ryan Barry, executive director of Unite Colorado Springs, says that as soon as the event was canceled on Facebook, members of their organization — and plenty others — spoke up, making it clear that they wanted a local march.

So, Unite Colorado Springs and nine other local groups (including Colorado Springs Feminists, Keep Colorado Green and the Independent, to name a few) made it happen.

The March for Science, for those unfamiliar with the concept, will be a satellite march of the national (and international: tinyurl.com/intl-sci-marches) action to celebrate science, speak out against false information, and support scientists working to educate, enrich and evolve society.

"We're in an era of anti-intellectualism, anti-science," Barry says. "We see an enormous amount of climate change denial; we see increased pushes for getting creationism in schools, and it's absolutely critical that we remember that science has always played a critical role in a free society, in democracy."

Rather than having one particular political bent, this event plans to be multi-partisan, and to be positive — a celebration rather than a condemnation, though the importance of speaking out against pseudo-science will certainly be addressed.

Barry says science denial comes from all sides, anti-vaxers (those against vaccines) on the left and climate change denial on the right. He adds that we as a society should be critical of any politician, celebrity or organization that pushes pseudo-science.

Along with a wide range of speakers — from activists to scientists — and hopefully a little live music, the rally will also include a jaunt downtown to show off signs and show solidarity with the scientific community.

"It's critical that scientists come outside the labs, outside the journals, and involve themselves in the community. Because they're just as much a part of the community as the rest of us," Barry says.

April 22, noon to 3 p.m., City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/unitecoloradosprings.

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