March for Science in Montreal - April 22, 2017
MONTREAL, April 18, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017, The March for Science invites all citizens to march from Place Émilie-Gamelin to Place du Canada, and to hear the message of scientists who proudly carry the colours of science and scientific approach here in Canada and around the world.
The March for Science of Montreal is an initiative of researchers, teachers, science communicators, and students. It is a non-partisan movement in celebration of science's contribution to society and humanity (e.g. health, education, environment, economy, well-being). We call for public policies based on evidence, not on ideologies. The March for Science is also a call for vigilance in protecting our scientific community from censorship, financing cuts, governmental and corporate interference, and the human rights of our members regardless of their nationality, skin colour, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or political views.
In addition, we march in solidarity with American scientists who now find themselves underfinanced, muzzled, and facing hostile governmental policies. Science is not bound by borders, and major challenges such as climate change necessitate global collaboration. The recent cuts in American science have repercussions in the entire world.
The March will be opened by a traditional Mohawk ceremony. The speeches period on Place du Canada will be animated by Michel Rochon, a science communicator and former science reporter for Radio-Canada for over thirty years.
Several organizations support the event : le Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain–CSN, la Centrale des syndicats du Québec, Evidence for Democracy, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, le Syndicat des professeures et professeurs de l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and le Syndicat des professeurs de l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
SOURCE March for Science of Montreal
For further information: Media information : Jérémy Bouchez, Rédacteur scientifique Université de Montréal, 514-806-9823, [email protected] ; Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Professeure UQAM, 514-953-9781, [email protected]