Yesterday saw people take to the streets in their thousands across the world for a March for Science – but not everyone was on the side of those who gathered to reaffirm the importance of science to humanity’s continued existence on the planet.
The photo above shows one prat who imagines that the Bible trumps scientific knowledge. I have no idea where it was taken. It was posted on Reddit Atheism by some who said:
One of the dumbest signs I’ve ever seen. I honestly couldn’t believe people could be this ignorant.
This sign likely appeared to counter-protest the Science March. No science supporter agrees with the sign’s contents.
According to William Hughes of the AV Club, the first March For Science, part of Earth Day, saw people concerned with matters such as climate change gather in more than 600 cities on seven continents.
Hughes pointed out that a number of protesters called out President Trump and his administration’s pushes to deregulate factors that lead to climate change, as part of the problem the march was meant to address.
Unsurprisingly, science-friendly celebrities came out in droves; Bill Nye, Questlove, and current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi were all seen in attendance, while Twitter has filled up with voices of support.
But it’s not like Trump ignored Earth Day, either (although he hasn’t mentioned the March itself). His office issued a press release … reminding us all that strong economic growth – ie, giving corporations what they want – is actually good for the environment, and encouraging us all to cherish the planet and its wonders.
Our Nation is blessed with abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty. Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations. My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.
Trump, who has claimed that climate change is a hoax that the Chinese invented, has appointed multiple climate change skeptics to fill his cabinet.
The Independent reported today that Trump has drawn criticism for failing to mention climate change in his Earth Day statement.
Despite the fact the 47th global annual event urges people to “build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet”, the President ceased to make any explicit mention of global warming.
The omission marks a significant break with previous US governments. Fellow Republican President George W Bush highlighted the need to address climate change in his statement and Barack Obama mentioned the term five times in his 2016 earth day statement.
Thanks to Antony Niall for reminding me that yesterday was Earth Day.