By Michelle Wyman, Executive Director and Jim Buizer, Chair, Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Council for Science and the Environment strongly supports the March for Science and its mission to support scientific research, science education, and the use of scientific evidence in policymaking.
For more than 25 years, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a national non-profit, has worked to improve the scientific basis of environmental policy and decision-making. NCSE does not politicize science and maintains a commitment to non-partisanship.
In partnership with the March for Science and Earth Day Network, NCSE shares the values of the community of scientists, educators, universities, community colleges, students, and government with which we work and whom we represent. This includes the fundamental principle that unbiased and apolitical science is critical to a healthy and stable democracy.
Scientific principles are the underpinning of the planet, its inhabitants and ecosystems. Science education and evidence-based policymaking should serve as the underpinning to high-functioning and productive societal systems. They are the basis of all our progress, from technological advancements to infrastructure development, from stable economies to healthy communities.
NCSE’s mission to promote scientific integrity is closely aligned with the March for Science and its goals to preserve the free and open exchange of science, diversity, and inclusion; inform policy with evidence-based science; and support the value of investing in scientific research and education.
NCSE shares the March’s aim to protect the rights of scientists to pursue and communicate their inquiries unimpeded, to build public policies upon scientific evidence, and to support broad educational efforts to expand public understanding of the scientific process.
The March for Science has catalyzed scientific education events at hundreds of locations throughout the United States and around the world to coincide with the March for Science and Earth Day in Washington, D.C., scheduled for April 22, 2017. NCSE joins a growing number of scientific societies and organizations in support of the March and Earth Day Network, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and others.