It was a determined, yet festive mood that animated the scientists and their allies marching for science on Earth Day 2017. Six Seconds celebrates the fusing of reason and emotion to boost overall effectiveness and meaning. As scientists gathered last month, there was humor, sadness, anger, and reason on display as hundreds of thousands of people came out to show their support for scientists and the earth. In keeping with our theme this quarter of collaboration, here are images of positive collective action for the greater good.
Heidi Cullen, formerly of The Weather Channel, now With Climate Central with Former NASA engineer, Joe Jordan, co-host of Planet Watch Radio in Washington, D.C. – Photos Mary Flodin and Rachel Goodman
The team at Six Seconds began Earth Day with a live Facebook talk about Emotional Intelligence and caring for the earth, using collaboration as the unifying force. Here is a recording of that conversation with Josh Freedman, Susan Stillman, Paul Stillman, Jenny Wiley, myself, and Natalie Roitman. There was a mixture of hope, worry, and empathy among the range of emotions discussed. https://www.facebook.com/sixseconds/videos/10154790725987862/
We posted a picture Plutchik’s Model of Emotions to help describe feelings about what is happening to the planet.
Then, for me, it was off to the march in Santa Cruz, California, home to a number of research institutions, including the Institute for Human Genomics at UCSC, and the Long’s Marine Laboratory. Here is an audio montage from interviews I did with scientists at the march.
Motivated by proposed deep cuts to the budgets of U.S. science research institutions such as NASA, NOAA and the E.P.A, scientists do what they rarely do: they got out of the lab and marched. The March for Science drew marchers in 600 locations around the globe, from a chilly research station in Antarctica, to London to Washington D.C. Scientists marched in Cape Town, Madrid and Seoul, as well as in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Nigeria. Six Seconds supports scientific inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to support facts and truth. 40,000 in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, 20,000 in New York, 10,000 in Portland, St. Paul, and Los Angeles. All over the world, scientists and their supporters marched and held signs defending the basic research that makes modern life possible, from medicine to cell phone technology. The message was clear. Scientists feel their jobs and the value of their work is under attack and funding for their work is on the chopping block, especially in the United States.
Several marchers said they were surprised in a world so reliant on science and technology that there is such a lack of science education. Despite the seriousness of the reason for the march, there was plenty of humor and irony on the thousands of hand made signs. Here are a few images from London, Washington, and Santa Cruz.
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