March for Science: Why scientists say this isn't a political protest

The Christian Science Monitor - As Donald Trump has gone from the campaign trail to the White House, one constant has been scientists’ concerns about prospective Trump White House science policies, on matters from rising sea levels to green energy. Numerous efforts to articulate the value of impartial science are underway – and one, the March for Science, already has hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Others are uncertain about the value of a march entirely. The challenge facing scientists, they say, is not the Trump administration's science policy, which has yet to be fully articulated. It's the mistrust that many Americans feel toward scientists and scientific knowledge.

"The most important thing I've learned ... is that facts are not enough," Katharine Hayhoe, an associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University and co-author of "A Climate for Change," previously told the Monitor. "We need to connect to people's hearts."

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