On 14 April 2018, for the second time in as many years, the March for Science is occurring in communities across the globe. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is proud to again join as a formal sponsor of this worldwide event in support of science and to offer direct support to AGU groups participating in local marches. AGU staff is also helping organize this year’s Washington, D. C., March for Science.
Over the past year, our community has spoken out about many of the policies enacted and statements made by the U.S. administration, agencies, and members of Congress. Throughout this tumultuous time, we have worked with you and others in the Earth and space science community as you have continued to take action. By formally endorsing the 2018 March for Science, AGU hopes to further strengthen and energize the collective voices of the Earth and space science community in support of science and scientific integrity.
This year, AGU is focused on supporting members’ participation in marches in cities and towns across the world. We will provide assistance to AGU members who are attempting to organize 10 or more of their colleagues to attend local marches together. Selected organizers will be eligible to receive up to $500 of reimbursable financial support. You may also receive material support, such as AGU-branded March for Science banners, posters, etc.
The application form to receive in-kind and/or financial support can be found here, and applications will be accepted through 26 March. If we receive multiple applications from the same city, we will encourage participants to band together as only one can be supported for each community.
Sustaining the Momentum
Following the march, AGU will work with our members, colleagues, and supporters to keep the momentum going through our Sharing Science Network, Science Policy Alerts, periodic action alerts, and a discussion board on AGU Connect that will enable members to share their impressions of the march and related activities.
We hope that you will choose to join with your AGU friends and colleagues at your local March for Science on 14 April to help broadcast a strong message of support for science. Please be sure to let us know of your interest by submitting an application by the 26 March deadline. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Joshua Speiser, AGU manager of strategic communications.
—Chris McEntee (email: [email protected]), Executive Director/CEO, AGU