United by Nature, Guided by Science

The Nature Conservancy will be a lead sponsor for the March for Science 2018


Washington, D.C. | March 14, 2018
Science inspires us to act and provides us with the knowledge we need to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.  When it comes to protecting people and nature, science provides us with the most effective solutions:  satellites help us understand sea-level rise, drones allow us to plant trees to restore our forests, cellphones allow us to fish smartly to minimize the impact on fisheries, and modeling can help forecast the flooding pattern of rivers to increase preparedness.  This is why The Nature Conservancy is proud to support and be part of the movement of millions around the world to March for Science on April 14.  For more than 65 years, The Conservancy has been guided by science to protect some of the world’s most special natural places.
 
“The Nature Conservancy is proud to support the March for Science to remind our leaders that rigorous science benefits us all,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.  “Science is vital to protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils that grow our food. We’re eager to build on the momentum of last year’s March to celebrate—and defend—science and its power to change our world for the better.”
 
The Nature Conservancy’s scientists will participate in this year’s teach-in tents on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  In addition, The Conservancy will participate in a number of satellite marches and events around the U.S. and internationally.  A full list of activities, experts, and spokespeople will be distributed in the coming days.
 
“Science is essential to the well-being of both people and nature. The ability to collect and analyze data and hence bring evidence to bear on the important choices we make is vital to our health, security and prosperity,” said The Nature Conservancy chief scientist Hugh Possingham.  “Now, more than ever, governments around the world should include more science in our decision-making to reduce environmental and economic risks.”
 
In 2017, more than one million people around the world gathered together in the largest event for science advocacy in history.  More than 70 satellite events around the world have already registered to participate in the 2nd annual event.  
 
“We are excited to join forces with the leading scientific societies and organizations to demand better from our public officials and to send a message that we support equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities,” said Kristen Gunther, Ph.D., Director of Strategy for the March for Science national organization. “We will gather and raise our voices to show officials that we are here to hold them accountable, we’re increasingly engaged, and our numbers are still growing. We are pro-science voters, constituents, and community members - and November is coming up fast.”
 
Events around the March will range from science expos and festivals to rallies and large-scale marches but they are united with shared goals.  March for Science events energize science advocates from multiple spheres to create tangible change and call for greater accountability of public officials to enact evidence-based policy that serves all communities.  To learn more, visit:  https://www.marchforscience.com/2018
 
Every April, Earth Day (April 22nd) awakens a renewed sense of awareness about nature. People all over the world pause to think about the importance of nature in their lives. Nature has a way of bringing us all together.  Nature Unites Us.  The Nature Conservancy invites you to join us and help create a world where people and nature can thrive together.  This April, visit www.nature.org/earthday and follow #NatureUnitesUs to find ways you can connect with nature —like the March for Science— and do your part to make a meaningful difference.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Ciaran Clayton
(703) 841-4253
ciaran.clayton@tnc.org

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