After the March for Science - what's next?

On April 22, hundreds of thousands of people around the world waved signs, marched, rallied and went out of the labs and into the streets to stand up for science. 

The March for Science saw over 600 marches or related events around the world, with people showing up by the hundreds and thousands.

In Canada alone, 18 different cities had a  March for Science. We mobilized over 7000 Canadians, who used their signs, voices, and presence to both stand in solidarity with American scientists and to call for a stronger scientific ecosystem at home.

E4D worked with dozens of local March for Science organizers across the country. Many, but not all, of the Canadian organizers were scientists -- organizers  from all political stripes, educational backgrounds, identities, languages, and regions of Canada.

After 10 years of attacks on science in Canada, and the quick ushering in of new policies in the last 18 months, it’s heartening that Canadians are still so demonstrably invested and passionate about science in Canada. We are committed to continuing this work, and we’re excited to keep working with so many enthusiastic Canadians.

So what’s next? How do we take this forward?

  1. HOST AN EVENT - Did you participate in organizing a March for Science event in your city? Or do you wish you had? Sign up to volunteer, and host an event on Canadian science in your community. E4D will work with you to put together a panel, meet up, or fun event to keep the momentum going in your community

  2. GET VOCAL - Take the Science Pledge. Write to your MP to let them know Canadian science is important to you. Start conversations regarding how fundamental science should be supported in Canada, and why you know that science and evidence are an integral part of our democracy. Talk with your neighbours about the role of science in your community. 

  3. STAY UP-TO-DATE - Join our Newsletter to stay posted on the latest work in science advocacy across the country. We’ll let you know how you can participate in supporting the Naylor Report, provincial science integrity, and forthcoming federal science integrity policies.

 

Kathleen Walsh

Interim Executive Director

Kathleen Walsh brings a strong background in policy advocacy and campaigning to E4D as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. She has devoted her time to a number of non-profit organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Rideau Institute, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Equal Voice, and Famous 5 Ottawa.