For the love of science

The recent worldwide March for Science is truly a moment in time I feel – a moment to stop and think about the role of science in our societies. The world has rightly seen marches focussed on human rights or political movements regularly over the years, but I can’t recall a protest that relates specifically to science, until now. With Earth Day, as the ‘coat hanger’ for science action, it really does make you stop and think. You see, we all need science – you may not think it’s applicable in your life, but it sure is. Science will be the saviour of your health, your species, other species, the environment, Mother Earth herself, and beyond.

The marches’ intent was to ensure people knew science is important to everyone and that it therefore must inform decision-making at the highest levels of government. With Trump in charge I had to laugh at some of the chants and banners: “Make America think again!”, “Fund science, not the wall!” and “Grab ’em by the hypothesis”.

Not sure Trump would be taking any of that on board sadly (it’ll be dismissed in under 140 charters in a tweet). I have been horrified to see the environmental position he is taking – wanting to go back to coal instead of forward to renewable, clean energies. I should have known that was on the cards, because I understand that as soon as the election happened, climate change wording evaporated almost overnight from the White House website. Ah – if only he would listen to an amazing scientist lecturer I watched recently talking about science and technology in relation to the future, regarding clean energy and climate change.  After an hour looking at the studies he presented I was left in no doubt that energy and climate change are THE absolute focus of the coming decades. Soon too. Not 100 years from now, but much sooner.

He was riveting – scary, yet hopeful. Scary because it is NOW or never to make change, or life as we know it in just a few decades will be very different. Hopeful, because the science driven answers and technology leaps in progress are within reach to make change here.

Bill Nye, (aka “The Science Guy”) was the not the man I refer to above, but he’s also worth a look as he has great bite sized stuff on his You Tube channel. Take Climate Change for example – he explains it all very succinctly, in a matter of minutes.

He urges us all to do six things to make a difference:

  • Recycle and reuse
  • Walk or use public transportation
  • Turn off electronics when not in use
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat more locally grown produce
  • Spread your knowledge and concerns with others

While we may personally not be able to have power over whether Trump backs out of The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we do all have control over those six things, and that’s our challenge….

This is a blog in Family Health Diary and really doing those things are truly all about those three words – do it for your family, your health and ‘diarise’ to do it now.