March For Science Cleveland on Earth Day 2017

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Mon May 1st 2017
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March for Science Cleveland - April 22, 2017
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To celebrate Earth Day, most years, we attend the Earth Day Coalition's (@EarthDay_CLE) EarthFest, and have written blog posts about our experiences at the event the past two years.

Earth Day 2017 was different -- out of some very negative things happening in our country, a very positive movement to take action grew! We mean, of course, the national March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) in Washington D.C.!

The same day that it was announced that the national March for Science would be held on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, we learned to our delight that there would also be a March for Science in Cleveland (@ScienceMarchCLE)!

March for Science Cleveland Pre-Events and Promotion

Activities leading up to the big day -- March for Science Cleveland!
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All the activities leading up to the big day -- March for Science Cleveland -- were well-thought-out and productive. We were very impressed with the level of organization demonstrated by the March for Science Cleveland leaders. The following are some of the events that took place to make the March a success:

One of the most impressive things about March for Science Cleveland was the high caliber of the partners and sponsors, who came together to support science.

Also, congratulations to the leaders for securing the financial support they needed. As of this writing, $5,330 of $5,100 goal has been raised on the March for Science - Cleveland GoFundMe (@gofundme) account. It is great that the our community came together to support the march.

March for Science Cleveland free, commemorative posters!
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If you did not get a copy of the FREE, commemorative, March for Science Cleveland posters, you can download them here. You can also order your March for Science Cleveland t-shirts and sweatshirts online here from Teespring (@teespring).

March for Science Cleveland shirts and hoodies
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In the following two sections, we share all our 250 @sos_jr tweets and retweets which show photos and the high level of participation in these pre-march events.

 

March For Science - The World!

As we got closer to March for Science Cleveland, we started hearing about a growing number of satellite city marches. What was even more amazing was the number of cities in other countries that were hosting marches. The March for Science had become an international day to support the integrity of scientific thought. Over 610 satellite marches were planned!

610 March for Science Satellite Cities
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See the official March for Science satellite location map here.

This is Science Magazine's The marches for science, on one
global interactive map
(@sciencemagazine).
It does not show all the final locations, but does include useful links and information
(click on blue dots) .

Here is a list of Ohio science march cities:

Ohio March for Science Satellite Cities
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March For Science Cleveland

March for Science Cleveland Poster
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April 22, 2017 -- Earth Day 2017 -- The BIG Day!

The night before the big day, Stuart felt nervous, which is very unusual for him. We attend many events throughout the year, but to us the March for Science Cleveland was different. It represented something more important, since it was not just a mere activity, but instead represented a positive force to push against the anti-science and anti-truth direction in which our country leadership is taking us. The March for Science Cleveland organizers anticipated about 3,000 people participating in the march. We were excited at the prospect of a large crowd, but we were concerned that others might not join us in supporting something we believed in so strongly.

3,000 - Yes to ≈10,000!!!!

Say no to our irrational fears of others not caring, and yes to ≈10,000 marchers! The good people of Northeast Ohio came out in force! Congratulations to the March for Science Cleveland for this grand success!

 

March for Science Cleveland Keynote Speaker Dr. Emmitt Jolly
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March for Science Cleveland Speakers
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Here are program information PDFs which include speaker bios:

Tweet with photo of Stuart by Donna Sudar (@donna_sudar)
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Tweet with photo of Stuart by Donna Sudar (@donna_sudar)

 

Julie and Stuart with friendly dinosaur at March for Science Cleveland
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After the march, the March for Science Cleveland leadership team arranged for volunteers to pick up trash, thus leaving Cleveland Public Square (@CLEPublicSquare) cleaner than we found it. Stuart, as a former Boy Scout professional and adult leader (@BoyScouts), appreciated this, since we always told the Scouts to "Leave No Trace" as part of the Outdoor Code.

Matt Mishak, co-founder of Dronewerx.com
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We met Matt Mishak (@ShakDaddie) who is co-founder of Dronewerx.com (@Dronewerx). He was filming the march from above with his drone.

 

 

Be sure to click to see our photos and videos from the March for Science Cleveland in full screen mode! The photos will show the creativity of the march attendees' signs.

If your device does not support Flickr.com photos/videos,
please view them here.

To get a real sense of the day, please scroll down through our @sos_jr tweets and retweets two sections relating to March for Science Cleveland. Please share any photos and videos that you find interesting by retweeting. Even though the march is over, it is important to continue to share the message with others and to thank the participants for continuing to take action.

EarthFest 2017

Earth Day Coalition's 28th Annual EarthFest! April 22, 2017
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After the March for Science Cleveland, we attended the Earth Day Coalition's (@EarthDay_CLE) EarthFest. Each of the representatives we talked to had a great Earth Day or outdoor-related story that would each warrant a full blog post. We will instead let our 40 @sos_jr tweets and retweets from the event tell the story.

We recommend you go to the Earth Day Coalition's website at EarthDayCoalition.org to learn about the programs, and also learn more by reading our Earth Day Coalition's EarthFest blog posts from the past two years:

 

We also want to thank the Earth Day Coalition's sponsors -- we think their support of "Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation" is important!

Sponsors for the Earth Day Coalition's 28th Annual EarthFest
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We recommed viewing our photos in full screen mode:

If your device does not support Flickr.com photos/videos,
please view them here.

 

We marched! Now, we act!

We marched! Now, we act!
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The April 22, 2017, March for Science Cleveland (@ScienceMarchCLE) and the national March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) are only the beginning! There is a need for everyone who cares to do more in the coming months.

We recommend seeing what @ScienceMarchCLE and @ScienceMarchDC share on Twitter, and to regularly watch for updates on the March for Science website at: MarchForScience.com

These tweets provide action steps, and links to some of the take-action resources:

What Others Say

In our blog post, we always like to list other blog posts and articles about the events we attend. The challenge for the national March for Science and the March for Science Cleveland is that the events were so large that it would take us too long to properly cite all the sources of the articles.

Here are links to some of the articles we saw (most of these are mentioned in the above tweets) -- if you look at the website address, you can see the source and the subject.