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March for Science

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the March for Science in Washington, D.C. with my fellow Johns Hopkins classmates. This demonstration sends a clear message to the Republican Administration that science plays a role in everyone’s lives and has given us so much as a society and in the world. Without science, we wouldn’t have life-saving medicines or vaccines. Without science, we would not be able to discover new cures and treatments for diseases.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world gathered on April 22, 2017, Earth Day, to celebrate science! There were scientists, researchers, doctors of different disciplines, supporters of science (young and old) that came together for the purpose of advocating for science. The March for Science page states:

Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. 

We speak up now because all of these values are currently at risk. When science is threatened, so is the society that scientists uphold and protect.

When I was growing up, I watched Bill Nye the Science Guy and ZOOM, and had the chance to create that ever cliche paper mache volcanos that erupts with baking soda and vinegar. I knew I wanted to be involved in helping other people, and ended up in Public Health. It was evident that science and research is paramount to making advances towards innovations that would lead to better health outcomes, even when I was a little girl and to this day.

I hope we continue this open dialogue about science and that my fellow colleagues will continue to fight the fight to promote science and support organizations such as the NIH and EPA to protect our planet and our populations’ health. I hope that PBS continues to get funded so the programs can continue to inspire the younger generation to be inquisitive, eager to learn, and get involved in STEM.

Check out photos from the march here!

Earth Day: Take Action for a Better Future

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How many of you know that Earth Day started over 40 years ago? What started out as an environmental movement in the US turned into a worldwide effort to preserve our planet. This day gave a voice to environmental concerns plaguing our country, and now has become one of the largest movements for people around the world to take action to take care of our planet in any way they can (i.e. sustainably taking care of trash, planting trees, cleaning up coral reefs, and advocating for environmental change).

A record-breaking 165 countries gathered in NYC yesterday and today at the United Nations to sign a climate change agreement (aka the Paris Agreement) and agree to cut emissions and limiting warming to only 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. For more information, check out this link.

We only have one planet (for now, for those who believe we may be able to live on another planet in the distant future haha) and we should be taking better care of it!

What can you do?

  • sign a petition calling for global climate action
  • reduce your carbon and ecological footprint
  • eat less meat (Why? Because farm animals, especially cows, produce insane amounts–20% for a better picture– of methane gas that is in the environment!)
  • buy local produce
  • go paperless with your mail!
  • use recyclable plastic (or use glass or metal containers and avoid buying plastic products altogether)
  • start composting
  • recycle your electronics i.e. batteries and cell phones
  • spread the word!

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For more information about Earth Day, here are some resources and learn how you can take action:

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