Government that ignores science endangers the world. Legislative decisions must be informed by both constituent needs and evidence-based fact. Policy should reflect our best understanding of scientific issues, adhering to scientific consensus.
Velcro, penicillin, CRISPR… When fundamental research is invested in, discovery and innovation follow. A robust commitment to public science funding is critically important.
Right to know
Scientific research findings must remain transparent; communicated without omission or alteration. The primary employers of scientists (the tax-paying public) should benefit from their investments.
Science is magic
A child’s scientific wonderment must be nurtured and a distinction between fact and opinion fostered early on. A comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education equips the budding generation with the ability to problem solve, evaluate evidence, and separate misinformation from fact.
Knowledge is power
Scientific literacy is essential to informed decision-making. Bolstering science outreach and communication benefits public and environmental health.
The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of the March for Science Los Angeles. Diversity fosters a richer understanding of science and its impact throughout the world. It is our duty to give voice to marginalized and underrepresented populations and to champion their equal access to science.
Science does not operate in a vacuum. Scientific progress does not necessarily equate to societal progress and equity. The responsible application of scientific findings must be ensured through thoughtful regulation and oversight.