Scientists organise to combat fake "facts"
Faced with an abundance of 'alternative facts' and anecdotal evidence, scientists around the world will be marching in defence of science and fact-based decision-making. There will be demonstrations in five cities across Sweden.
Forget the scientist in a white lab coat – Researchers, professors, and general supporters of science will be taking to the streets to demonstrate on Saturday. The initiative stems from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but now marches will take place in over 400 cities around the world.
"It started in the United States, where Donald Trump's administration has questioned some of the science around climate change, on which there is a great agreement among scientists," said Elisabeth Ekener, who works as a researcher at the Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm.
But, she said, this is not something that is just relevant in the US, but here in Sweden as well.
There has been a growing field of so called 'alternative facts'. That people say: 'Well maybe that is not correct', 'maybe it is like this', and 'I feel like...', and we think that cannot be the basis for a discussion on democratic decisions, the values that we have, and the society that we want. It has to start with science."
The march is also a way for the scientists to try to come closer to the public.
"We want to reach people. We want to bridge the gap and make them see how important what we do can be for their own lives. We can work together in bringing forward a better society," she said.
In Sweden, demonstrations will take place in Uppsala, Umeå, Luleå, Gothenburg, and Stockholm.
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