From the laboratories to the squares. In the American scientific community, a mass mobilization is growing against Trump.
The white coats are reacting to the anti-scientific rhetoric of the election campaign that brought to power a president who dismissed global warming as a hoax created by China, promised to slash federal science budgets and named alarming appointees to key environmental policy posts.
The protest was born in the virtual spaces of Reddit and Facebook and grew into real action, first with a Feb. 5 meeting at Copley Square in Boston, where hundreds of scientists converged. The next demonstration on April 22 in Washington will be much larger, a “March for Science” set to coincide with Earth Day.
Women have taken a leading role in the movement. Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at Harvard University, is among the most authoritative voices of protest. Maryam Zaringhalam, a molecular biologist of Iranian origin, is among the promoters of a new project, 500 Women Scientists. Created after the November election, the group works to open the scientific community to women and minorities.