Climate change and nuclear weapons are the two greatest human-made threats to all living things on our planet. This is not an opinion. It is science, pure and simple.
But now, just 3 months into Donald Trump's presidency, evidence-based policies and actions that keep the planet and humankind safer are under grave threat.
That's why scientists' voices matter now more than ever. Ploughshares Fund is striving to make sure they are heard loud and clear. Join us to support science, scientists, and evidence-based nuclear weapons policies at the March for Science this Saturday, Earth Day, April 22!
We have just invested in a dynamic group of Princeton University graduate students of multiple scientific fields to participate in the March for Science in Washington, DC. The march — along with satellite demonstrations in 500 other cities across the country and around the world — is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.
The Princeton Citizen Scientists — comprising physics, engineering and social and natural science students — formed shortly after the November election to mobilize their community around nuclear, environmental, and human rights policy challenges under the Trump administration.
Their participation in Saturday's March for Science will help ensure that saner nuclear policies become part of the growing movement. They are following in the footsteps of another Princeton scientist who helped form a similar group in 1946 to warn the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons — Albert Einstein.
We also continue to support science-based groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Federation of American Scientists whose critical work sheds light on nuclear dangers. And we make sure that scientists like Ploughshares Fund's Paul Olum Grantee, Philip Coyle — who helped design nuclear arms at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and was the head of nuclear weapons testing under President Bill Clinton — are able to harness their expertise to educate the public and policymakers about the dangers of these immensely destructive weapons.
With so much at stake, evidence — not instinct — is the only way to shape policies that will protect our planet from nuclear threats for generations to come. Join us today to make sure scientists voices are amplified and heard by policymakers and the public alike over the next four years.