It's troubling to me that a march for science is necessary, because, you know, science is fact-based and definitely real. But, with the Trump administration's policies on everything from climate change to funding for research, science needs defending right now — and our lives literally depend on doing so. These funny March for Science sign ideas prove that scientists are fighting back against "alternative facts" (because alternative facts are just lies) — and reminding us that we can have a little fun while making a point, too.
If you're planning to attend a March for Science event on April 22, which is also Earth Day, here's the quick and dirty on the protest. Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack, according to the March for Science website. If you've been following the news, then you know that the Trump administration's budget cuts, "censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk," as the March's website puts it.
More than 170 organizations have partnered for the March for Science April 22 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Additionally, more than 400 affiliate science marches are planned worldwide, because apparently denying science has spread like a global disease, and unfortunately no vaccine has been developed yet. If you're on the fence about joining in, the March for Science blog offers tips for scientists, and others, who fear retribution for participating in the march. (I can't even believe I am typing these words, and that we live in a world where people are afraid to defend science.)
If you're planning to attend the March for Science, these sign ideas can provide you with some much needed levity, as well as some earthy inspiration ahead of your day spent defending the truth.
According to a recent report from CNN, polar bears are struggling to survive as the arctic thaws due to global warming. They're understandably a little pissed off.
2I'm With Mother Earth
Since we haven't really figured out that whole living-on-the-moon thing yet, Earth is the only planet we've got. It's foolish not to be "with her."
3Rise Up, Speak Out
It's time to speak up for the future of our planet.
4Show Me The Data
Remember when Tom Cruise famously yelled "show me the money" in Jerry Maguire? Data doesn't lie, so seriously, show me the data.
This is pretty self-explanatory.
6The Dinosaurs Didn't See It Coming
What happens when you repeatedly abuse or neglect something? It either dies, or it kills you. Neither option is good. We need to do better before we go the way of the dinosaurs in a very literal way.
7The Proof Is Out There
8The Bird Is The Word
Basically a bird butt, for the curious.
9Maybe They'll Understand This
Appeal to the masses.
10Without Science There'd Be No ...
And then where would we be?
There's no denying it!
When words escape you, a gesture will do.
13Science Is Real
Keep it simple, and state the obvious.
14Guilty As Charged
15There's Nowhere To Run
Tell it like it is.
17The Court Jester
Denying science is foolish. Don't be a fool — this country already has a court jester.
Because we can't eat oil.
19Don't Be Silent About Science
20Be A Literal Mad Scientist
Get mad. Get really mad. Stay mad, and use that anger to fight back.
21Fight Against The Dark Side
The resistance needs you.
22Facts Are True
Ignoring the truth doesn't make it false; just ask Mulder and Scully. #TheTruthIsOutThere
23In Science We Trust
Because facts are true.
24What Do We Want?
When do we want it? After peer review!
25Make Some Noise
Join the conversation at the top of your voice.
26Show Me The Funny
Use those precious puns to get the job done.
27Use Something Local They Love
Everyone knows Bostonians love their Dunkin Donuts. Without science there'd be no coffee, and no donuts. Chew on that.
28Protect Her Like You'd Protect Your Own Home
Earth is your home. Why wouldn't you want to protect it?
29Science Is For Everyone
Everyone is welcome, and everyone is responsible. Do your part.
30Don't Forget Your Brain Bucket
Keep your head warm with a brain hat, because science is smart. Period.