Author: Ryan Campbell
From the wheel to modern medicine, the scope of scientific benefits are hard to put in perspective. Science provides us with the privilege of clean water, safe food, and reliable transportation. It helps with basic needs, but at the same time helps us advance in an unbiased way. Perhaps the difficulty in quantifying scientific achievement is what has made science-based policy a target for political attack. Or perhaps other factors are at play…
The March for Science, however, is making a clear, practical argument: Evidence-based policy is vital to protect our health, safety, economy, and government.
Recent budget cuts and censorship of scientific research are putting at risk our quality of life. It would be reasonable to expect more water contamination like that seen in Flint, Michigan, less scientific research on climate data, and slower advancement in renewable energy technology. Northwest communities are not immune to science-opposed policies either. Public safety may be put at risk due to cuts in agencies like the EPA, the Department of Ecology, and other agencies tasked with protecting our resources for current and future generations of Northwest inhabitants.
“The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.” (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring)