The March is now focusing on a Week Of Action. Each day this week has a different theme, but generally, the idea is to encourage scientists to engage more with non-scientists and to support proponents of science to set up their own local chapters, to write to Congress, and to keep making their voices heard.
Perhaps most importantly, the organizers are asking everyone to share the most incredible scientific discoveries with others – particularly to those who will one day grow up, get the right to vote, and wield the power to change the country, and the world, for the better.
“If a single child who went to a march grows up and chooses a STEM career because of it,” Berman said, “isn't that worth it?”
A pair of protestors in San Francisco. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Sure, the March wasn’t perfect. Perhaps the message could have been more streamlined and clear from the get-go, and maybe the diversity of the speakers could have been improved upon somewhat.
“As I remarked at the San Francisco event, there were millions of diverse voices that weren't with us on Saturday, whether historically excluded or that we haven't done enough to engage them,” Hari pointed out. “It is our collective responsibility to ensure those voices are included in science if we expect science to continue to succeed.”
Nevertheless, as the first-of-its-kind event, this was, as they say, unprecedented. As a start, it was stellar.
Against the forces of nefarious fiction, this was a global – and perhaps even populist – march for the awe-inspiring ingenuity of humanity. It was a worldwide rallying cry for knowledge, and that, indeed, is certainly worth celebrating.