The countdown has begun! Winter has passed in the blink of an eye. As spring comes swiftly so does the March for Science. This coming Earth Day we congregate to promote the influence of science in policy making. So far the numbers on the March for science Facebook Group has grown upwards of 840,000 members and growing daily. As we near April 22nd we want to do everything we can to be prepared for the day. Here are some tips on not only what to bring, but also some suggestions on how to act during the march. We’re all in this together and want to promote the best possible image of science. Can’t wait to see you there!
Covering the basics
This is an all day outdoor event so we’ll need all the essentials. Don’t forget basics like water, snacks, sunblock, portable charger, weather-appropriate attire, and a good attitude (we’ll touch upon this one more later). It is suggested that people use clear backpacks to the event. This will make security much less of an issue.
Don’t forget your brain hat!
Similar to the Women’s March, March for Science also has its iconic wardrobe. Behold, the brain hat! (looks brilliant in combination with a lab coat). Don’t know how to knit or crochet? Have no fear! Here’s a link to the Etsy search results for “Brain Hat”. This fashion statement will not only make you a known advocate of science but will also keep you warm during this outdoor event. For those on a budget, this Ikea alternative is a good option if Etsy is a bit too expensive.
When you get there
Gatherings of this kind of purpose and magnitude can be very overwhelming. Often in crowds this dense you’ll find cell service impossible to find. Here’s a cool techie solution to this: download Fire Chat. Fire Chat is a cool app that allows you to message despite not having signal or internet access, just keep your wifi and Bluetooth enabled. Fire Chat works best the more people have it (it creates a mesh network) so a demonstration like this is the perfect place to have this.
When you get there, make sure to check-in on Facebook. The more we have people checking in and tagging on social media, the more our voice can be heard. Check-in and include #marchforscience in all your posts. This will really help science make a statement.
Remember your rights. Let’s hope that it doesn’t come down to any arrests or altercations, but it doesn’t hurt to know what to do in case you find yourself in one. If you see any bullshit like looting or vandalism make sure you pull out your phone and record it. Science does not want to be represented by those kinds of actions. Let’s obtain evidence to refute this from the group should it happen under our watch.
Can’t make the event?
Even if you can’t join us here in Washington or at a satellite march, you can still march remotely! Make sure to update your statuses and acknowledge the movement on social media using check-ins and #marchforscience. Some members of the secret group are even making headbands and wearing them, despite not being able to attend.
Don’t forget that donations and crowdfunding are still being accepted.
Bring your spirit
Most importantly don’t forget to bring good vibes! We are all marching for a good and reasonable cause, bringing the right attitude is of the utmost importance. Make sure to treat officers, locals and homeless with kindness and respect. We want to reflect the best image of what science represents back into the public. Coming with a stern yet proactive outlook needs to be the priority of everyone who participates in this march.
Leave no trace
We march together on Earth Day, everyone. The earth needs us now more than ever. When we come together, we must leave with EVERYTHING with which we came. Some group members have even suggested bringing garbage bags to fill for cleaning up after the demonstration. Leave no trash. Instead, let’s leave a statement.
Let’s keep this momentum going! I’m grateful to see how much support has grown for this cause. Let’s keep it up. See you on Earth Day.
March for Science "Secret Group"
Thank you to all the members of the secret group who helped me curate these talking points! This group provides me with such great input. Thank you for making this article possible.