Science March Reflections

State Director Frogard Ryan reflects on the March for Science

Why do you think the March for Science was important?
Years ago, I trained as a veterinarian, and so learned early on about the value of science and its importance to making sound, fact-based decisions. So, to see science viewed today in an increasingly partisan light, is surprising to me.
 
What was your experience at the March for Science in Connecticut?
Here in New Haven, it was inspiring to see so many people rallying on the side of science. A lot of people care about it, and that gives me hope…

Did anything surprise you?
The number of people – several thousand – and seeing the clarity of their convictions. Senator Richard Blumenthal gave a smart speech about how essential science is to all of us. The event reminded me how important it is for us to make our voices heard!
 
Now that the march is over, what do you think is important for people to do?
I think we need to talk to our families, friends and social networks about how much we value science. And then, at the Conservancy, we need to remind our supporters how science informs our own conservation work - here in Connecticut and around the world.

What’s at stake?
We can choose to live on a healthy, sustainable planet, or in a world choked with smog, without clean water and without sustainable energy. It is a choice. The health of our planet is directly linked to our own well-being.

The good news is that the Conservancy’s work shows we can balance the needs of people and nature. I think people need to know that our problems are solvable if we act now.

As you can imagine, this gives great urgency and meaning to our work on behalf of the planet!

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