… in solidarity with some 200 other iterations of the event planned across the country, and 300 worldwide. A hoped-for 15,000 will participate in Colorado’s version 10 a.m. Saturday through downtown Denver, with a rally after that at Civic Center Park.
We’re still awaiting word of where participants are to meet for the march and will let you know when we find out.
(A Colorado Springs march was in the planning stages but appears to have been canceled, as indicated on its Facebook page. We’re trying to nail that down for sure and are hoping to hear back from the event’s national organizers. We’ll keep you apprised.)
Among those listed as a guest speaker at some point in the four-hour event is Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who offered this comment via a press release from march organizers:
“As a geologist, I have come to know that using science doesn’t guarantee that you will find a right solution, but, in most cases, without using science, you can almost be certain that you will land on the wrong answer…Science impacts Coloradans in ways large and small, how we get healthcare to the air we breathe to the water we drink. Standing up for science means standing up for our way of life. It’s more important than ever in our world filled with uncertainty that we support science professionals and all those working to expand knowledge.”
Hickenlooper is one of many elected officials associated with the event, most of whom are described in advance publicity as supporters. As we’ve noted before, while the march and rally are billed as nonpartisan, there’s nary a Republican on the list.
The event’s media relations coordinator, Charles Ferrer, assured us last month that efforts were made to reach out to any and all takers, regardless of party affiliation, in seeking endorsements from Colorado elected officials.
“We challenge folks from all political ideologies to stand up for science,” Ferrer said.
Here’s a little more background by way of the event’s Facebook page, which includes this mission statement:
The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.