“We must build on this momentum created by the marches to more actively demonstrate the value of science to local, state and national policymakers, as well as in classrooms and local communities,” the letter said.
“We pledge to keep the March for Science momentum going, to remain at the forefront of this public engagement of science and to redouble our collective efforts to serve science and society.”
The statement underscored the conditions necessary for science to thrive across the globe: diversity among those engaged in science, global collaboration and communication and a scientific enterprise that is dedicated to keeping the public informed and backing public policies that “invest in science.”
“Thousands of people marched for science as citizens and scientists, parents and children, technicians and teachers, workers and retirees, doctors and patients,” said the statement.
“They marched to say our collective future is more hopeful with science – and at risk without it. They affirmed that science is exciting, essential to human well-being and economic prosperity, and a foundation for sound policy.”
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was among the early partners of the march that eventually drew the support of some 270 organizations.
AAAS played “a very constructive role” in helping organize and frame the march in Washington, said Rush Holt, AAAS CEO, executive publisher of the Science family of journals, and former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey.
“Thousands of marchers and more than a hundred organizations rallied around the standard that AAAS raised,” said Holt, who delivered a speech to those who gathered on the National Mall, despite the rain, and marched to the U.S. Capitol.
“Now the science community turns to capturing the great energy and concern expressed in many ways through many voices during the marches and works to channel them toward the advancement of science,” Holt said.