It’s hard to believe that a year ago, the March for Science movement was just getting started.
Here in Rochester, an organizing team of educators, community activists, students, and scientists came together to make sure that Rochester was one of over 600 cities across all seven continents to stand up for science. So we were overjoyed when over 1700 people arrived at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on the morning of April 22nd, 2017, each with their own story to tell about the role science has played in their own lives.
From the many area schools training the next generation of scientists, to the local businesses that are the bedrock of the Rochester economy, to the lakes and parks that surround our beautiful city – Last year we celebrated the many ways science benefits the Rochester community…and rallied to continue to defend it.
When we marched last April, we marched to support our research and educational institutions. We marched to demand continued funding for the agencies that protect our environment, our health, and our safety. We marched to make the scientific process more open and accessible to each and every member of our community.
And each of us, whether life-long science enthusiasts, STEM professionals, or young children just embarking on their journeys of discovery, carried our own stories of how science has changed our lives for the better.
In the weeks leading up to the second annual March for Science, we’ll be using this space to share just a few of those stories. The Rochester NY March for Science Blog will highlight a just small fraction of the many volunteers who will be participating by speaking at the Rally, running hands-on demonstrations at the Expo, and working hard behind the scenes to make sure that this year’s event is a success.
We are fighting for science, for our lives, and for our future.
We hope you will join us.
– The Rochester NY March for Science Organizing Team
Photos by Annette Dragon and Wanaruk Photography