Since the rally is at the Statehouse, we will need to follow their security rules, and that means no sticks or poles. Security WILL take them away if they see them, so please bring a sign that can be easily carried without a pole - or make one to wear!We also encourage you to think about sustainability when making you sign. We encourage creative use of re-purposed, recycled and recyclable materials. Also note that painted signed cannot be recycled (though ink and markers are fine.)
The starting point of the March is the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. The march will end at Columbus Commons, where participants can join the Earth Day festivities planned by Green Columbus. See below for a map of the route!
Metered street parking is available on many of the streets surrounding the march area. Meters will be closed along the march route and at Columbus Commons. There are several parking garages convenient to the statehouse and commons:
We also strongly encourage you to check out the COTA routes coming into downtown. This is the greenest (and cheapest) way to get to the march! Seniors (65 or older), disabled riders and Medicare card holders can get a COTA card in advance for just $1. Kids 12 and under are reduced price or free depending on height. Check out their routes here.
Spread the word! Follow, like and share our posts on social media, and tell your friends and colleagues about the march. You can also support us financially through Sigma Xi or by buying our tee shirts. Sigma Xi is a registered 501(c)(3) and is acting as our fiscal partner for the march. All donations made to Columbus March for Science through Sigma Xi are tax deductible.
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Yes. Clicking on the donation link will send you to a secure website through Sigma Xi. Columbus March for Science does not collect or store your credit card information.
We are going through official channels with the city to ensure that the Columbus March for Science is a fun, safe and family-friendly experience. This approach means we have many expenses, including permits, space rental, event insurance, emergency services, port-a-potties, A/V equipment, and physical infrastructure for speakers and teach-in activities. We expect these costs to be $5,000 - $10,000, far above what organizers can pay for themselves. All funds will go directly to march activities. Any remaining funds will be used for additional educational and outreach activities or donated to a local non-profit dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
The March for Science is now an international movement and
has attracted the support and endorsement of many science-based organizations,
including the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sigma Xi,
the National Center for Science Education and the American Association of
University Professors, as well as discipline-focused groups such as the
American Geophysical Union, the Society for Neuroscience and the American
Society of Cell Biology. A complete list of the growing number of organizations
endorsing the March for Science can be found at https://www.marchforscience.com/partners/.
The Columbus March for Science will be fully permitted and insured. We are working with the city of Columbus and with local law enforcement and emergency services to ensure that this event is safe and welcoming for everyone. As with any public event, attendance is entirely at your own risk, and we cannot take responsibility for the actions of everyone who attends. However, we are making every effort to ensure that this is a positive, safe and family-friendly event for attendees of all ages. If you plan on attending the march, please see the participation waver here.
Both the national March for Science organization and the Columbus March for Science team hope to keep the momentum going after the march is over. Depending on community interest and the continued commitment of our volunteer team, we may continue as an organization dedicated to advocacy for public science, science-based policies and STEM education. Stay tuned after the march for more!
Science is for everyone, and we want the march to be, too. We encourage marchers with special needs to come early.
We still need volunteers to help out on the day of the march - especially parade marshals, tear down and litter control! If you can help us out, sign up here.
Please note that we will need volunteers for set-up, parade marshals, and first aid there by 8:00 a.m. at the Statehouse West Lawn on march day for orientation and set up activities. Volunteers for clean up/tear down and trash duty should be there by 9:00 a.m.
Columbus March for Science is an adamantly nonpartisan group made up of scientists, educators, and science enthusiasts who have joined to represent Columbus in the globally coordinated Marches for Science. We include people of all backgrounds and beliefs, united by a love of science and a conviction that science has an important role to play in public life. Columbus March for Science, LLC is now a registered non-profit in the State of Ohio.
Science is the foundation of our modern life and economy. We believe that:
government policies for healthcare, education, environmental protection, agriculture and food safety should be based on scientific evidence;
everyone deserves clean air, clean water and a safe food supply;
climate change, ecosystem destruction and pollution are urgent problems needing fact-based answers;
and, scientific truth should never be censored.
Unfortunately, right now many of these principles are under attack. The March for Science began as a grassroots effort supported by citizens and scientists concerned about changes in federal policy and the proposed federal budget that could threaten critical scientific work by federal agencies. Additionally, many researchers have expressed concern that research on climate change, clean energy, environmental health and other disciplines has been targeted for politically-motivated suppression. We are marching to draw attention to these important issues and remind the public why science is so important to our society.
No! The Columbus March for Science is open to ALL people who care about science and science-based policies. We hope to see many teachers, students, and science enthusiasts of all ages join us at the march.
If you would like to participate in planning the march, please fill out the google form here and we will get in touch!
Yes. The march is non-partisan, but it is absolutely intended to have an impact on policy makers.
No. The anti-science bias has been growing in our culture and in our government for some time. There are specific concerns that many scientists and science supporters have about policies announced by this administration, especially the intention to defund much of the work of the EPA, curtail climate change research conducted by NOAA, and make other cuts to research and science communication activities by federal agencies. However, the march itself is a non-partisan, pro-science event. We hope to see many supporters from both sides of the aisle there.
Federal support of science, research and technology innovation is critical to promote the health and well-being of our citizens, ensure a safe and sustainable energy supply, protect the environment, and nurture the innovations that will drive our economy in the future. Federal agencies are involved in many vital science programs, including environmental cleanup projects and oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), public health research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oversight of drug and food safety by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and foundational research in climate change and clean energy conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. These programs cannot be adequately replaced by private industry or state-level initiatives. Additionally, federal grants support basic and applied research at universities, research organizations and tech start-ups that will one day lead to science-based solutions for societal problems as well as the development of entirely new industries that will grow our economy. Loss of federal support for scientific research could set important work back by decades, to the detriment of our citizens, the environment, and the economy.
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