March For Science St. Petersburg | Tampa
I recently had the honor of doing some photography for the March For Science St. Petersburg / Tampa. This local march was a part of an international network of marches demanding acknowledgement of science as opposed to the oppression by the current White House administration.
If your not familiar with the March For Science movement, you might want to check them out. We are living in times where it is vital that we listen to scientist to help us find a way to maintain an inhabitable planet.
Here is a statement from the March For Science Mission Statement: “The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?”
March for Science | Featured Speakers
Dr. David Hastings
Professor Of Marine Science and Chemistry
“It’s not Republican. It’s not Democrat. It doesn’t vote red or blue or green. The data doesn’t care.”
“this is a frightening time. We are here today because, at all levels, sound science is being disregarded and honesty has little or no currency.” Dr. David Hastings
Darden Rice | St. Petersburg City Council Chair
St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice was named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region, November, 2016.
“…the responsibility of elected officials to use evidence based science and peer reviewed publications as the basis for sound public policy and this is to respond to human needs and a better understanding of the fragile world we live in.” Darden Rice
Dr. Sinead Aherne City Coordinator for Taste Of Science, Tampa
“… not have this amazing event just be the culmination of a period of frustration hear. Let’s have this event be the initiation of a new era of science in society.” Dr. Sinead Ahere
Dr. Karyna Rosario, Research Associate at the Marine Genomics Laboratory, US
High fives for Dr. Karyna Rosario, a USF favorite and a very inspirational speaker.
“We cannot afford to jeopardize scientific endeavors, by censoring information and facts just because they might be inconvenient. As scientists, we are in the business of searching for knowledge, based on facts and evidence. And so should everyone. As a society, we cannot allow ourselves to think that it is okay to dismiss facts.” Dr. Karyna Rosario
Charlie Crist – US Representative of the 13th Congressional District, current member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and Florida’s 44th Governor
“Be encouraged, be inspired, be optimistic because the future is coming, and it’s you.” Charlie Crist
March For Science | St. Petersburg | Tampa
“We should not let our elected officials off the hook when it comes to scientific research, evidence-based medicine and supporting peer reviewed science.” Darden Rice
“This is a frightening moment but don’t get upset, don’t get depressed, let’s get organized, let’s get to work. A lot of us have thought this isn’t our job but it is we have to stand up we have work to do and if we work together we can change this. We can turn this around.” Dr. David Hastings