Say it with me: “I believe in science.” It’s true. It’s quotable. Science is real and Savannah’s movers and shakers will march in its name April 22 in conjunction with Earth Day.
More than 425 cities and towns worldwide are registered to participate in the March for Science, with the largest contingent marching through the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Satellite marches, like the one is Savannah, show solidarity in this ongoing fight for justice, said Paulita Bennett-Martin, chief of coastal advocacy for the local organization 100 Miles and an organizer for the local event.
For her, this march is personal.
“We work in environmental issues — we see the impact,” said Bennett-Martin. “The research we’re doing along the coast is the backbone of many local economies; communities will be affected.”
The march, most directly, aims to show a variety of voices that understand and believe in the importance of science for communal advancement. And constituents across the nation are coming together to back up this claim.
But it’s more than arguing budget cuts, said Bennett-Martin. It’s about educating the populous.
“We want to show how this work is incorporated into our daily lives,” she said.
Speakers from local environmental groups will kick off the event at 10 a.m. at Johnson Square. Marchers will depart about 11 a.m., ending at the south end of Forsyth Park. From there, pop-up displays will take over the green space for organizations to share what they are working on for coastal Georgia.
“It shows the hard work and determination of our community,” said Bennett-Martin. “It shows the importance of science, and what the money is working toward. This benefits us all.”
IF YOU GO
What: March for Science on Earth Day
When: 10 a.m. April 22
Where: Johnson Square to Forsyth Park