Science is the best way we know to understand the universe and our place in it, says physics professor emeritus Bill Baylis. President of Canada South Science City, he is one of the featured speakers who will address an April 22 gathering of citizens championing science.
Windsor’s March for Science is one of hundreds of similar events planned worldwide on Earth Day 2017. It will begin at 10 a.m. in Assumption Park, along the riverfront at the foot of Askin Avenue, and will conclude with science-based activities for children and learning experiences for those of all ages.
“In an age when many in power deny, hide, and destroy evidence, when they curtail research, prevent the open communication of its results, and refuse to acknowledge even obvious mistakes, scientists around the world are moved, quite uncharacteristically, to march and voice their concerns,” Dr. Baylis says.
Biology professor Tanya Noel is also scheduled to speak at the march. She says it is an opportunity to celebrate science and show support for its potential to benefit human society.
“Science crosses human borders and boundaries, and belongs to anyone approaching the world with an open mind, and the willingness to change one’s mind in the face of contradictory evidence” she says. “The risks of ignoring or blocking scientific research will impact not only us, but generations that follow.”
The co-ordinator of the local effort, Allison Mistakidis, is a research associate in the Department of Biological Sciences. She has begun soliciting contributions to offset costs, including permits and promotions. To make a donation, visit the campaign website.