March for Science goes local at 2 p.m.

April 22, 2017

A group of local people, including a Statesboro High School student as lead organizer, plan to bring the March for Science home beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Georgia Southern University campus.

The March for Science-Statesboro coincides with the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Marchers are to meet at the Biological Sciences Building and proceed through the center of the Georgia Southern campus to the Russell Union Rotunda, where a rally is planned. Statesboro singer-songwriter Asher Grant is slated to perform and several speakers to voice their views before the rally ends around 4 p.m.

“This nonpartisan demonstration and others across the globe intend to unveil a united front in the fight for evidence-based policies and a refocusing of our society on the role that science plays in our everyday lives,” states an event announcement provided by Beth Williams.

Jaala Alston, a junior at Statesboro High School, started the planning for March for Science-Statesboro a few weeks ago, Williams reported. The local movement has grown with help from Ivory Watts, Melonie Thomas, James Woodall and Williams.

More than 600 of the pro-science marches are planned around the world. The website www.marchforscience.com includes a world map and a list of the marches. For Georgia, the site identifies marches in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Savannah, Statesboro and Valdosta.

“This nonpartisan collaboration aims to engage the Statesboro community in the fight for science that serves the common good, provides evidence-based policies and regulations in the public interest, promotes cutting-edge science education, encourages diversity and inclusion in STEM, and facilitates continued funding for scientific research and its applications,” the local announcement asserts.

The abbreviation STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Organizers hope to demonstrate that “scientists, educators, students and concerned citizens” from diverse backgrounds value science and its contributions to society, Williams wrote. Supporters have a “March for Science - Statesboro” page on Facebook.