Why I March for Science

I’m marching because I’m a mom. As a parent, I want to know that the information I seek out to help me make parenting decisions is based on evidence and facts. I want to know that my fears about my children’s’ health and well-being are not being manipulated.

I’m marching because I’m a consumer. As a consumer, I want to be empowered to make informed decisions. I don’t want my fears and emotions manipulated by fact-light marketing campaigns. I want our regulatory agencies to be well funded and free to make evidence based decisions to keep us safe.

I’m marching because I’m a voter. As a voter, I want my representatives and politicians to be held accountable to facts and evidence. A world where those in power can make up whatever “facts” they want is terrifying.

I’m marching because I’m a scientist. As a scientist, I want to share with the world how awe-inspiring learning how the world works can be. I want people to know that scientists are not some weird subspecies that is inherently different from them.

I’m standing up for science and marching in defense of Facts Not Fears.

This originally appeared on my Facebook page, Mommy PhD and the March for Science Atlanta page.