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March for Science | St Petersburg | Tampa FL April 22, 2017

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?”

Protesting scientist at the St Petersburg March For Science

March for Science | Featured Speakers



Dr. David Hastings

Professor Of Marine Science and Chemistry

Eckerd College

St Petersburg March For Science speaker Dr. David Hastings
Dr. David Hastings, Professor Of Marine Science and Chemistry, Eckerd College

“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.

Darden Rice St. Petersburg City Council Chair named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region
Darden Rice St. Petersburg City Council Chair. Named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region

“…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
Dr. Sinead Aherne City Coordinator for Taste Of Science, Tampa
Taste Of Science, Tampa City Coordinator Dr. Sinead Aherne

“… 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

Dr. Karyna Rosario addresses the March for Science crowd at Poytner Park, USF
Dr. Karyna Rosario, Research Associate at the Marine Genomics Laboratory, USF

High fives for Dr. Karyna Rosario, a USF favorite and a very inspirational speaker.

Dr. Karyna Rosario, Research Associate at the Marine Genomics Laboratory, USF
Dr. Karyna Rosario, Research Associate at the Marine Genomics Laboratory, USF
Dr. Karyna Rosario wins the crowd's hearts

“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


March for Science speaker Charlie Crist - US Representative of the 13th Congressional District
Florida’s 44th Governor Charlie Crist talks science at the March for Science
Charlie Crist - current member of the House Committee on Science talks science
FL Congressman Charlie Crist addressing the crowd at the St Pete March for Science
Charlie Crist - current member of the House Committee on Science talking science
US Rep speaks at Poynter Park UFS

“Be encouraged, be inspired, be optimistic because the future is coming, and it’s you.”     Charlie Crist


March For Science | St. Petersburg | Tampa
panoramic photo of protestors listening to speakers | March for Science St Petersburg
One of the March for Science USF Organizers with the sign language interpreter
rapper spoken word artist Pedro el Poeta performs at March for Science
March for Science on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg
Two of the March for Science USF Organizers
March for Science on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg
March for Science protestors returning to Poynter Park

“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


 

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