Marches for Science will take place in New Zealand and around the world tomorrow to mark Earth Day, which is celebrated every year on April 22 with festivals, parades and rallies in almost 200 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Events in almost 200 countries are coordinated by the Earth Day Network, a Washington-based organisation with a mission “to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide”.
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year.
The very first event for Earth Day, which was held in America nearly five decades ago following a devastating oil spill, is credited as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
Since its launch, Earth Day has been supported by an array of famous faces, including Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Watson.
On Earth Day last year, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China and some 120 other countries.
This year the specific focus is on creating better environmental and climate literacy and educating people – both children and adults – on environmental issues.
Association of Scientists president, Dr Craig Stevens, told Mike Hosking protesters will also express their opposition to President Trump’s fundamental position against climate change.
“This march is an opportunity to show where the public of the world stand on science.”
But the marches have a much broader objective, he said.
“It’s also a celebration of science in New Zealand and showing that there’s a critical mass amongst the public of people who really value science.”
In Marlborough, National MP Stuart Smith, Green Party MP Kennedy Graham and Labour Party candidate Janette Walker will be at the province’s inaugural Earth Day Party.
Each will be given a minute to outline their thoughts on a carbon-neutral future to the public before answering questions.
Victoria University geology professor emeritus Peter Barrett will also attend the event at Marlborough’s A&P Park where he will give a talk on global warming.
The Royal Society of New Zealand has provided information on other events:
Auckland | 1.30pm start at Queen Elizabeth Square
Palmerston North | 11am The Square, Palmerston North Central
Christchurch | 10am start at the Canterbury Museum
Wellington | 10am start at Civic Square
Queenstown | Details to be confirmed
Dunedin | 11am at Otago Museum Reserve
Details for all marches are also available on the March for Science NZ Facebook Page
The New Zealand Science Media Centre provides more information – Preparing to March for Science – In the News.