Why I didn’t March for Science
and what I DID instead….
Like you, I wanted to march. I wanted to represent. I wanted to let our elected officials know that when we speak the truth, we really are speaking the language of science.
So many things kept me from marching on that day- a previous commitment, a sick child, and other non-negotiable calendar events that needed my attendance. So what’s a space geek supposed to do?
I did something I’ve never done before. I wrote to the President of the United States. And I didn’t stop there. I wrote to my congresswoman, and all of my represented elected officials. Yep. I urged them to support our nation’s space program (NASA) and the budget increases it needs to continue our exploration of the universe. I asked them to support ALL commercial space programs and partnerships, in order to help us advance in our research and understanding of the cosmos and I asked them to consider what our world would be like if we didn’t have the ability to research and share our scientific discoveries.
These letters were easy to write. I’ve been a member of the Planetary Society (www.planetary.org) for a few years now, and I believe in their mission to “empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration.
So I simply repeated their mission, along with my own wishes (and those I think are best for our nation and our entire WORLD COMMUNITY), and sent it along in a brief, personal letter. I signed the letter (it was not canned or re-printed), and invited any response. I shared my letter-writing process with my kids- to show them how easy it can be to send a letter to our country’s president! I read the letter out loud and was proud to share my enthusiasm for this important request. I made it fun. I hope my kids see from this example that when you are passionate about something, there’s a productive easy and peaceful way to go about taking action on it. No one was inconvenienced by my writing and sending a letter.
Sure, I would have LOVED to join my colleagues and fellow science supporters marching through the streets! I wanted to laugh at the clever signs and smile knowing I was a part of something BIG that allowed us to make a collective difference. I did this, too- in my own way. Later in the day, I went for a walk in my nearby county park with my dog and left no “footprints” other than our own, we left no debris, no garbage, no proof that we were even there, in our local natural & protected park. I made a financial donation to my carefully selected science organizations, and I wrote this blog. I wonder if anyone else wrote a letter or made a quiet, peaceful petition to support science? Oh wait, scientists do this every day.
How do you choose to support science?
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