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The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
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Why Is ESC Local 20 Marching?
Representing over 6,000 professionals across Northern California, who are, or work with, Engineers and Scientists, our members are acutely aware of the important role science plays in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Through our Union, we work hard to ensure our expertise in our fields is valued and respected. An attack on science is an attack on our professional dignity.
Health Professionals, like Clinical Lab Scientists and Genetic Counselors, use scientific tests daily to provide critical information to ensure quality patient care. Public employees, like our Sonoma County Health and Dairy Inspectors, work hard to make sure the food we feed our families is safe. Engineers at PG&E ensure a safe public utility and keep our lights on. When the science that powers these professions is under attack, it puts everyone at risk.
US EPA Region 9 ESC Local 20 Members Under Direct Attack
Under the new Administration, ESC Local 20 members at the EPA face particular threats. The professionals at EPA are committed to protecting people and our environment from harmful pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. The new Administration has plans to greatly scale back the work of EPA, and therefore the work of many of our members.