March for Science (Berlin)

The March for Science, set for 22 April, arose as a grassroots reaction to concerns about the conduct of science under Donald Trump. The initial idea:  to make it an international day to take action against backward and populist ideologies. Plenty of cities, institutions and people will be joining. With one strong key message: Do not believe simple explanations. This world is complicated – which is exactly what makes it beautiful…

The Berlin March for Science starts on 22.04.2017 at 13:00h in front of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Unter den Linden 6). Scientists from all over the world who work and do research in Berlin and people who see science as an indispensable part of democracy and an open, democratic society, will march together to demonstrate that science matters to all of us. Science relies on the free exchange of ideas across international borders in order to tackle the big questions of our society.

The Mission statement of the March of Science Berlin: “Germany depends on science, research, technology and education. The growing hostility towards science, especially in western industrial nations, is therefore a serious cause for concern. Whether it’s the denial of climate change or absurd conspiracy theories – increasingly, scientifically proven facts are declared to be untrue while falsehoods are portrayed as „alternative facts“.

Research and science are too important to allow them to be used as a plaything of populist interest groups. On April 22nd this year, Earth Day, people will be taking to the streets worldwide, as well as in many cities in Germany (map), to show their support for science and research as a non-negotiable base of our open and democratic society. In Germany, there will be sister marches for science in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Göttingen, Tübingen and Bonn/Köln.

These protests are nonpartisan. Any citizen who cares about the future of our society is welcome – not just scientists.”


[German:]

“Von der Leugnung des Klimawandels bis hin zu absurden Verschwörungstheorien – immer häufiger werden wissenschaftlich belegte Tatsachen geleugnet oder sogar erwiesene Unwahrheiten als „alternative Fakten“ dargestellt. Unser Land lebt von Wissenschaft, Forschung, Technologie und Ausbildung. Umso mehr muss uns die zunehmende Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit, vor allem in den westlichen Industrienationen, alarmieren.

Forschung und Wissenschaft sind zu wichtig um zuzulassen, dass sie als Spielball populistischer Interessen missbraucht werden. Am 22. April 2017 werden daher anlässlich des „Earth Day“ wieder weltweit, auch in vielen Städten Deutschlands, Menschen auf die Straße gehen (Karte). Sie demonstrieren für den Wert von Wissenschaft und Forschung als eine Lebensgrundlage unserer offenen und demokratischen Gesellschaft. In Deutschland findet der “March for Science” in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, München, Göttingen, Tübingen und Bonn/Köln statt.

Diese Demonstrationen sind überparteilich. Alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger, denen unsere Zukunft wichtig ist, sind eingeladen – nicht nur WissenschaftlerInnen.”

Der March for Science startet am 22.04.2017 um 13:00 Uhr vor der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Unter den Linden 6).

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