The March for Science 2018
Want to have your say in science and politics? The March for Science Australia is holding its second annual protest march this year, where you’ll hear from STEM advocates like maths entertainer Adam Spencer, or CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Sanchia Aranda.
Last year 10,000 people Australia-wide took to the streets for the March for Science, with an estimated 3,000 people joining the science march in Sydney alone. What’s more, an estimated 25% of the participants aren’t even employed in the field of science! It’s not just a march for scientists, but a protest march for anyone who wants to have a say in the visibility and representation of science in our government.
Physics student Kirsten Banks is one of the march’s advocates and speakers. She wouldn’t describe herself ‘political’, but the March for Science is not strictly an issue of politics.
“I’m not the most political person in the world, but that doesn’t mean I’m impervious to these situations.” she says. “I believe we need to advocate for greater STEM representation in government so that we can collaborate with the leaders of the world to tackle issues like climate change.”
The science march comes after a dismal year for scientific representation in parliament. A cabinet reshuffle saw the Minister for Science booted – with no foreseeable replacement. It means scientific issues like climate change have no government representative lobbying for solutions or even recognition.
Even if you’re not so politically-inclined, the March for Science is an opportunity for anyone to have their say on the importance of science in the world.
“The March is an opportunity for me to inspire people into finding their passion.” says Kirsten. “I feel like I was very lucky to find my passion so early in life. I want to share my story with like-minded people in the hopes that they too can find their passion in science.”
“This is my first March myself, and I’ve taken the approach of having an open mind.” says Kirsten. So, what can you expect if you’re attending as a first time marcher?
The science march will be an environment of empowerment and respect. It’s about making your voice heard, listening to the voices of others, and joining together to work towards the greater good.
“Going along to a March like this is a great opportunity to learn something new, so open your eyes to a new perspective and enjoy the experience.”
The March for Science will be held this Saturday, 14th April. RSVP to book your spot.
Will you be joining this weekend’s march? Tell us in the comments!
– Eliza Brockwell