Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day: a day to think about the world we live in and how we use its resources.
— Earth Day Network (@EarthDayNetwork) 15 mars 2017
This year, however, it is a little bit different. This year it will be both a day to appreciate and consider the impact we have on the world and also a demonstration of the right to freedom of science and science communication. On the 22nd of April there will be demonstrations around the world: called the March for Science. These demonstrations will be held to show the support of scientists and non-scientists alike for scientific integrity and to make the importance of scientific freedom clear.
Here at Sparks & Co we would like to offer our official support for the March for Science and the team will be marching on the 22nd of April in Paris (in the Marche Pour les Sciences).
Why are we marching?
Well Sparks and Co is a science communication agency, specialised in communicating the research that is being performed for the benefit of mankind. Our official mission as an agency is:
We communicate science in the brightest way to help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges
Humanity’s greatest challenges cannot be tackled if there is a silencer placed on scientific research and communication. We work with scientists and some of our team members are from a scientific background, so we know that how fundamental research is to keeping ourselves, our earth and our society healthy. Ignoring that can only have negative effects on us all. This is not a question of keeping scientists quiet, if research and researchers are in jeopardy then everybody loses out!
The official mission¹ of the March for Science states that:
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.
Let’s all go out and celebrate science! Here at Sparks & Co we are not just concerned about communicating science, but also doing what we can to help society² too!
So what do you think? Do you think it’s important? Will you or your friends/family/co-workers march on April 22nd? To see your closest march click here and register. Let us know your thoughts, or if you happen to see us at the march come and say hello!